Man in India saved by lunch break as door falls off plane and on to house

The metal door fell off a low-lying aircraft and crashed on the terrace of a two-storey building.
The metal door fell off a low-lying aircraft and crashed on the terrace of a two-storey building. PHOTO: TELANGANA POLICE

HYDERABAD - A man had a lucky escape on Monday (Oct 30) after a plane door fell off a low-flying aircraft and fell on the house he was working on.

He was painting the roof of the two-storey building in the village of Lalapet and had gone downstairs for his lunch break just minutes before the door crashed onto the house's empty terrace.

Nobody was hurt, according to a report in the Times of India (TOI).

The plane, owned by the Telangana State Aviation Academy, reportedly had two pilots onboard and was flying at 2,500 feet (762m) when it wobbled in the air, causing one of the metal doors to fall off.

Local Congress member Ganesh Yadav told TOI he was inside the house when he heard a thud.

"It was like an explosion and we ran in panic," he said.

The white door, which weighed about 20kg, was discovered lying near an overhead water tank. Smashed glass was strewn all over the terrace floor.

Local police have since seized the door, with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation launching a probe into the incident.

Police inspector Karan Kumar Singh, speaking to the BBC, said it was common to see low-flying training planes in the area.