Airplane door falls on motel roof

October 13, 2013

el castellThe door of a small private plane fell off and landed on a Monterey Hotel on Thursday without the pilot or motel occupants noticing. [Californian]

At about 3 p.m., the pilot took off from the Monterey Regional Airport and flew west. Shortly afterwards, the pilot heard a pop and headed back to the airport where he discovered the plane was missing a door.

The next day, a contractor working outside the El Castell Motel noticed the door and informed the front desk manager. The 75-pound damaged the roof of the motel, but not the room below.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the mishap.




  1. isoslo says:

    What we need is a law requiring government inspections of all aircraft before each and every flight. We can hire a few thousand government employees and a few thousand more to supervise and manage these inspectors. In fact we could create a whole new bureaucracy just to inspect small aircraft. You laugh, but just wait some democrat politician will propose just such a law in the near future, after all their job is to continue to grow the government for our own safety and protection, no matter what the cost to taxpayers.

  2. r0y says:

    Wait… a “small private plane” ? Small? And the pilot did not notice a missing DOOR?

    Did the pilot notice INTENSE DRAG and a rushing WIND SOUND? A sudden loss of pressure (if it was from a pressurized interior).

    Sheesh. Glad no one was made into a pancake by this falling debris.

    • BeenThereDoneThat says:

      Yea that was my first thought to Roy but then I thought, he would have to know, so maybe a luggage compartment door on rear exterior or underneath. He said he heard a pop, so obviously didn’t see anything visually.

    • Jorge Estrada says:

      You never know what may fall when living near an airport. Years ago a jet engine fell from the sky and through the roof of a neighboring automotive shop near SF International. I clearly remember the transition from prop to jet and the noise that would squelch the teachers at Bel Air Elementary in San Bruno. Falling parts were common.

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