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Evacuation slide falls off a Boeing plane — and into someone’s front yard in Milton

The slide landed in the front yard of a Milton home on Sunday, officials said. Courtesy of Kevin Brown

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after an evacuation slide fell off a plane and landed in a Milton front yard on Sunday, officials said.

The pilot of Delta Air Lines Flight 405 from Paris reported a loud noise as the plane approached Boston Logan International Airport around noon, according to the FAA. Workers discovered that the right rear slide was missing after the plane — a Boeing 767-300 — had landed safely, officials said.

Milton Police Deputy Chief James O’Neil said police responded to 310 Adams St. at 12:11 p.m. after the slide fell from the sky.

“The homeowner had been outside speaking to a neighbor” when he heard a loud noise and then found the chute in his front yard, O’Neil said.


Police notified the Massachusetts State Police at Logan Airport and the FAA, O’Neil said. Officials from Delta took the slide from the property. “They came and retrieved it yesterday afternoon,” he said.

No injuries or damage to the property were reported, he said.

Milton resident Amy Caldwell was driving on Adams Street shortly before noon when she spotted the slide falling through the air. She didn’t know what it was at first.

“It was way up in the sky,” she said. “It looked like a trash bag but it was falling. My husband and I said, ‘Oh my God, what is that?’”

Caldwell said she couldn’t immediately tell where it landed. When she found out later where it ended up, and saw it on the ground, she said her daughter remarked that it looked like a “big gray bouncy house.”

Delta Air Lines said in a statement that maintenance crews were inspecting the plane.

“Delta is investigating an inflatable over-wing slide that was retrieved following an aircraft’s landing into Boston’s Logan Airport,” the statement said. “The flight landed without incident and taxied to the gate under its own power.”


This isn’t the first time that an escape slide has come off of a Boeing plane. In March 2016 KPHO-TV in Arizona reported that an emergency slide fell from a Boeing 767 and hit a house in Mesa, Arizona.

Paul R. Bergman, a spokesman for Boeing, declined to comment on that report and referred questions about the most recent incident to Delta.

It’s also not the first time that something has fallen from a plane flying over Milton. About a decade ago, a North Carolina teenager was found dead in Milton after evidently falling from the wheel well of a plane, where police believe he hid as a stowaway.

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