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.

Amber Fox February 04, 2014 at 07:45 AM
M C February 04, 2014 at 09:14 AM
Bottom part is threaded... top part mushroomed out.... appears to possibly be a bolt. A large bolt. Possibly a wheel lug bolt. I love how it's "plane part MAY HAVE crashed through roof" ... so not denying that it is a plane part, but questioning weather it actually crashed through the roof ~ that has a hole in it ~ & not questioning how else this plane part made it inside her house... hmmmm yeah.
The Convict February 04, 2014 at 09:38 AM
It looks like there's either a lot of dirt or oxidation on the head of that bolt. I wonder what kind of appropriately maintained aircraft would have bolts on their planes in such condition. Could it have come from some kind of heavy construction equipment? Begs the question though. How did it get through her roof?
Mark Carolla February 04, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Agree with The Convict - lots of corrosion or whatever hardly looks like it came off an aircraft.
Rodger Higgins February 04, 2014 at 01:20 PM
Looks more to me like a trailer hitch ball (rarely is ever used) on top and the nut on the bottom came loose and fell off. Now how the trajectory launched it out of the hitch upward onto a height that would have enough speed to puncture thru her roof and ceiling is a whole new story. Unless it was being transported by a heavy lift helicopter.
Jim Brasher February 04, 2014 at 03:23 PM
Something is wrong here. If this is actually a bolt from a plane, somebody sure screwed up an inspection. The corrosion is horrendous. Regardless of where it's from or what it actually is, the corrosion should have been caught long before it broke off whatever it was.
John Chladek February 04, 2014 at 04:18 PM
wait a minute you all have it wrong.its from a ufo
Tom Hollman February 04, 2014 at 05:45 PM
Someone ran out of potatoes for thier potatoe gun
R.W.Preiss February 04, 2014 at 06:27 PM
It doesen't look like any sort of bolt that I have ever seen, she is holding it in her hand on the section that would have threaads but there are none so if that's the shoulder (that could be unthreaded)the bolt would be over a foot long with what looks like cement packed around the head (notice the flange around the base of where the cement?? is, whoever commented that it may be a trailer hitch ball probably got to that conclusion from that. but I have never in all my 64 yrs. on this big blue ball seen a hitch with a neck that long, & unless it fell from several thousand feet it would not gather enough momentum to penetrate roof shingles, the plywood roofing boards & it's insulating paper & then the interior celing doubtful that it came from any plane just taking off.
K.J. Dolney February 04, 2014 at 09:46 PM
Twenty-five years ago, I came out of the Pentagon after the night shift and found an airplane part next to my car in the North Parking Lot. It was an oil filler cover door off of a 727 that hadn't been properly lock-latched, and had been ripped off by the slipstream of a take-off. I called the National Airport authorities, and they weren't even remotely interested. Others at the Pentagon have also found parts in the North Lot, which is on the approach. I guess that if 'most' of the plane lands intact and at an airport, they don't worry about the smaller pieces. Jus don't park or loiter under the approaches, eh?
JamesOnThePotomac February 05, 2014 at 01:32 AM
What's that hand attached to the bolt?
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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