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Plane door detaches in mid-air, falls on South Florida golf course

May 24, 2012

Shortly after taking off yesterday afternoon from the Opa-Locka Executive Airport, a passenger plane's door became detached in mid-air and crashed down on a fairway at the Westin Diplomat Hotel and Spa golf course. Luckily, no one was on the course at the time as it was closed for maintenance -- one of only two days each year it is not open to golfers.

While details of the incident are still unclear, WSVN-TV of Miami/Ft. Lauderdale reports that the plane door blew off and, according to witnesses, fell in between two condominium high-rises and crashed through some trees before hitting the ground, skidding 15 feet and coming to a stop.

The jet landed safely at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shortly after losing the door. None of the passengers on board were injured.

-- Derek Evers