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Investigators: Falling Plane Part Apparently Crashed Into Home

Woman comes home to find metal object on the floor, hole in the ceiling. Report: Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board investigating.

Investigators: Falling Plane Part May Have Crashed Through Roof. Photo: @darcyspencer
Investigators: Falling Plane Part May Have Crashed Through Roof. Photo: @darcyspencer
A woman's home is in need of unusual repairs after she found what appears to be a piece of an airplane that had crashed through her dining room ceiling and landed in the floor.

The piece of metal is described as being a few inches long. Abby Baker told NBC Washington that her home is in the flight path for aircraft from Dulles International Airport.


"At first, I thought maybe a gas pipe burst or something, and then I found this piece here that I thought maybe was a pipe from a gas pipe,” Baker said. “But when I had the gas company come out, they identified it as likely a piece of aircraft."


The National Transportation Safety Board will reportedly analyze the object and check with area airlines to see if there are related reports with any planes.


Watch the NBC Washington report.

mostmoderateD February 05, 2014 at 12:14 PM
Too bad it didn't fall on that prom queen.
Wallst February 05, 2014 at 12:16 PM
I did fall on your head though, Mostmoderate.
Mark Carolla February 05, 2014 at 12:38 PM
OK - this is starting to sound like a story about giant carrots out of the National Enquirer. As one who teaches Aviation Safety and Security I'd like to ask Greg Hambrick to follow on with the FAA and the NTSB as to what this corroded bolt is. There are very few Boeing 727 aircraft in operation (none in regular US passenger service) and the bolt looks more like something that came off construction equipment....obviously it came through the roof and house but it could have been "thrown"from an earthly trajectory.
James R Shaw February 05, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Follow-up on the story... It was flung onto and through her roof from a nearby construction site. The aviation folks figured out it wasn't theirs and then started looking around nearby and found the source.
M C February 05, 2014 at 07:56 PM
That's some pretty hefty flinging to put that through a roof... The stuff on the top does look like dirt (not corrosion) to me. Definitely a heavy duty bolt. weather from an aircraft (Identified or not) or a piece of heavy equipment it still ended up through her roof. I was only running with the airline theory because of the way the headline of the article is worded. "Plane part APPARENTLY crashed through roof..." Like it wasn't questioning if it was from a plane, it was alluding to the questioning of if it really fell through her roof or not. (basically just me being my usual smart-a$$ed self) ;)

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