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A Japan Airlines plane suffered from a malfunctioning engine on Tokyo-bound plane, which took off from Kumamoto Airport on Thursday. The engine ejected 10 parts which fell out of the sky and damaged property below.

A blade in the rear of the left engine sustained the damage, but authorities say that it was unlikely to have been caused by a bird strike. The plane was forced to return for an emergency landing as a result of this “serious incident.”

The Boeing 767-300 carrying 209 passengers and eight crew members returned to the airport at around 3:55 p.m., after abnormal vibrations and a rise in exhaust gas temperature in the left engine were detected roughly three minutes after takeoff, according to JAL.

Parts falling from the sky cracked the window of a clinic in Mashiki and also damaged a car on the premises, but thankfully no injuries were reported.

The 10 parts, which were about 5 centimetres long, were found close to the clinic.

I am reminded of the 2001 movie “Donnie Darko” where a fictional plane engine fell out of the sky, but it is not the kind of thing you dare imagine might happen in real life.

(Please note that the image above is a stock image and not from the actual plane).

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