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Delta plane loses wing panel during flight

Broken Delta wing pic posted by reddit user: "This happened mid-flight..whole plane shook"
Source: Meredith Frost
Broken Delta wing pic posted by reddit user: "This happened mid-flight..whole plane shook"

A panel on one of the wings on a Delta aircraft fell off during a flight from Orlando, Fla., to Atlanta, on Sunday, according to the airline.

The detached panel did not impact the aircraft's ability to fly or land, Delta spokesman Anthony Black said of Flight 2412.

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"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," Black said.

The aircraft landed uneventfully at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and taxied to the gate. None of the 179 passengers and six crew members aboard the flight was injured.

The airline is inspecting the plane to determine why the panel came off.

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By NBC News staff.

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