Emergency Escape Slide Falls from Plane, Crashes into AZ Yard

iStock/Thinkstock(MESA, Ariz.) -- A Boeing 767’s emergency escape slide detached mid-air and fell, crashing into a Mesa, Arizona yard Wednesday afternoon.

The private plane was at 2,800 feet altitude when the crew was told the right-side, over-the-wing emergency slide had deployed, Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement to ABC News.

The incident occurred as Atlas Air crew members were making their final approach to Sky Harbor airport in Phoenix, Gregor said. There were 17 crew members and staff on board, but no passengers.

No injuries were reported, Nikolas Rasheta of the Mesa Police Department said in a statement to ABC News. The crew landed the plane safely.

However, the detached escape slide fell into the yard of a Mesa resident.

Andrea Self, 31, told ABC News she was in her home when she heard a loud bang and felt the house shake.

She went outside and saw a large, silver, tarp-like object with red arrows. When she smelled sulfur, she called police. The police notified the FAA.

Self said only a tree was damaged by the plane part and she's happy the slide fell where it did and not in the nearby park where there are a lot of pedestrians.

"It fell exactly where it needed to," she said.

The FAA is investigating why the slide deployed. Atlas Air said they plan to pay for the damage and are also investigating.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Check Also

Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing

Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombingSeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Officials broke ground in Boston Wednesday for a new park dedicated to Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Martin was 8 years old when he killed on April 15, 2013, as he watched the marathon from near the finish line with his family. His mother was gravely injured, and his sister, who was 7 at the time,
lost a leg.

Photos from Wednesday's ceremonial groundbreaking show children in hard hats using shovels to dig dirt. Martin's Park, located next to the Boston Children's Museum at the Smith Family Waterfront,
is expected to open in the fall of 2018, according to a press release from the office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

"This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids," Baker wrote on Twitter.

#MartinRichard lost his life to terror. This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids. pic.twitter.com/lYUTMyZNxV

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) August 16, 2017

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wrote on Twitter that the park will remind its visitors of "hope, compassion & love."

"Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park," Walsh wrote.

This park reminds us of hope, compassion & love a young boy taught us all. Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park. pic.twitter.com/w6Plokx6D7

— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) August 16, 2017

Both Baker and Walsh spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony, as well as Martin's family.

Martin's sister, Jane Richard, said she knows that her brother is happy that the community is coming together.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.