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Posted: May 15, 2014

Drama as plane's wing partially collapses on take-off (see video)

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 An Italy-bound flight was forced to return to London when a piece of its wing collapsed Thursday and video of the incident was posted to Facebook and YouTube.

A journalist for The Independent in London was on the flight and reports that passengers were "terrified" after hearing a loud band shortly after take off from London City Airport.

The owner of online travel agency To Tuscany also posted the dramatic video of the City-Jet flight bound for Florence. The Avro RJ85 aircraft landed in London safely and passengers are now en route to Florence on another aircraft.

To Tuscany posted the video on its Facebook page, saying it was from the owner. While the post does not specifically name the owner, the company's web site lists the owner as Sean Caulfield.  

"On take-off there was a strange noise then a bang and six-foot plus section of the left wing that looked like suddenly came loose and hung down, flapping in the jetstream," journalist Cole Moreton told The Independent.

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