Another aircraft part recovered off Guam waters

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The Coast Guard recovers aircraft-debris about 400 yards offshore in Piti (Photo from the Coast Guard)

Guam – Another aircraft part was recovered in Piti on Sunday, according to Coast Guard Sector Guam. The aircraft part was recovered about 400 yards offshore at the beginning of the seawall in Piti.
On Sunday, Coast Guard Sector Guam received a call from the Port Authority of Guam Police reporting the discovery of the aircraft part.

This was the second aircraft part that has turned up in Guam’s shores. Last Friday, a Boeing 747 wing flap washed ashore also in Piti.

According to the crew that recovered the debris last Sunday, the aircraft part did not have any identifiable numbers but was approximately 8 feet in length.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s Pacific Division has already been informed of the recovery.

The FAA’s Flight Standards Division, which has jurisdiction over the matter, has also been notified about the Friday and Sunday recoveries.

According to the FAA Pacific Division, the parts came off a National Airlines flight departing Andersen Air Force Base on May 11. The flight landed safely in Honolulu.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from the Coast Guard’s Station Apra Harbor responded and recovered the part.

The Coast Guard said it has not received any reports of missing aircraft but boaters in the area are advised to keep a sharp lookout for debris that may pose a hazard to navigation.

Anyone sighting additional aircraft parts in the water or on the beach is asked to call the FAA at 671-366-6286 or the Coast Guard at 671-355-4800.

The Coast Guard is warning those who may find debris to NOT recover them on their own due to possible hazards and for the preservation of evidence that may lead to the discovery of the origin of the aircraft.