Northwest DC-10 loses cowl during Schiphol departure

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A Northwest Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 departing Amsterdam Schiphol airport yesterday afternoon bound for Detroit Metropolitan Airport lost part of an engine cowl shortly after take-off.

According to a joint KLM/Northwest statement, the aircraft lost the left-hand cowl from the number 2, tail, engine.

The debris "landed in a farmer's field" and several other smaller pieces fell from the aircraft, say the two airlines. The crew were not aware of the incident and were informed by air traffic control.

They add: "Northwest and KLM, which performs Northwest's maintenance at Schiphol, are co-operating fully with the Accident and Incident Investigation Bureau of the Netherlands Safety Board."

The aircraft was operating Northwest flight NWA49/KLM flight KL6049. It took off at around 17:00 local time and landed at its intended destination at 19:08. None of the 254 passengers or 12 crew were hurt.

Northwest has 20 General Electric CF6-50 powered DC-10-30s and 21 of its Pratt &Whitney JT7D-20-powered equivalent, the DC-10-40.