03/17/2014 05:04 am ET Updated Mar 17, 2014

Delta Jet Loses Wing Panel During Orlando-Atlanta Flight

Passengers on a Delta jet got a bit of a scare on Sunday when a panel on one of the wings apparently flew off during a flight from Orlando to Atlanta.

David Watterson told ABC News he was falling asleep when he heard a boom and saw a missing wing cover and hydraulic fluid leaking from the opening.

He told ABC News that while passengers remained calm, it was “concerning to see a big chunk of the plane missing.”

Michael Lowe later tweeted this image:

A Delta spokesman told NBC News that the missing piece wasn't an issue for flying or landing.

"The crew, knowing that, followed procedure by declaring an emergency to air traffic control as they were landing, which gave them priority clearance to land and alerted ground crews," Anthony Black was quoted as saying.

Flight 2412 landed at 7:30 p.m., with no injuries.



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