the Canadair CL600 jet was traveling from Opa-Locka to Pompano Beach, Florida this past Wednesday when it lost its main cabin door as it was flying over a golf course.
The plane was diverted to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
"An airport vehicle met the aircraft as it exited the runway and escorted it to Bombardier Aviation (a maintenance facility on the airport) where it was discovered that the main cabin door was missing," FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said, reported CNN.
Fortunately, the plane, which did have nine passengers on board, landed safely with no injuries. The Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) has now launched an investigation as to why the Canadair CL600 lost its 280-pound door.
"We are, and will be, cooperating with the investigation into how this inexplicable malfunction occurred," the plane co-owner Jeffrey Berkowitz told The Sun-Sentinel
. "I'm just really grateful that nobody got hurt."
Additionally, the golf course on which the door landed happened by chance to be closed to guests that day. The golf course only closes two days per year.
"It's the stairway from heaven," Ed Walls, general manager of the resort which houses the golf course, told Sun-Sentinel. "Fortunately there was no one on the grounds at the time and we're very glad that no one got hurt." The golf course is also surrounded by private condos.
The jet was reportedly manufactured in 1996 and is co-owned by Medcp Aviation and Aston Aviation. Berkowitz is the manager of Aston Aviation, LLC, according to state records, Sun-Sentinel reported.
"I'm anxious to see the results of the investigation," said Berkowitz, who also noted he had always felt safe on the plane.