FAA to look at metal object that fell near woman on day of JetBlue engine emergency

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A JetBlue airliner that experienced engine problems soon after takeoff returned to the Long Beach Airport after smoke filled the cabin, and passengers evacuated onto the runway using emergency slides. (Sept. 18)

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, California — The investigation into an engine failure that forced the emergency landing of a JetBlue airliner departing California will include examination of a metal panel that a woman says fell from the sky at the time.

Cindy Gilbert of Fountain Valley tells KABC-TV the object hit the sand a few feet away Thursday while she was at Huntington State Beach. She says she decided to take it home and only found out about the JetBlue incident from her husband.

The panel is about 3 feet long and is labeled with various instructions.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said Friday that the agency plans to contact the couple and get the object.

The JetBlue flight departed Long Beach Airport for Austin, Texas, Thursday morning and within minutes had to turn back.

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