Metal object crashes through suburban roof

March 12, 2010 8:49:34 PM PST
A chunk of metal crashed right through the roof of a house in northwest suburban Carpentersville and now investigators are trying to figure out what it is and where it came from.

Homeowner Dane Willman was covering part of his roof with plastic Friday night to keep water from coming in through the hole he discovered when he got home. It was apparently created by a 3 pound steel piece about four inches long and 1.5 inches thick. He found it in his bathroom Friday afternoon, apparently from an airplane.

"I went outside and looked at the roof and saw there was a hole in the roof. And OK, things started making sense. Went back in the bathroom and saw that metal part laying on the ground and I said OK, something fell from an airplane," said Willman.

Willman says his home seems to be in the flight pattern when planes are circling the airport because of delays. But since no one was home when the object crashed through the roof he cannot be sure where it came from. He's just thankful no one was hurt on the ground or apparently in the air.

"I can replace a roof. I can replace a house. I can't replace people," said Willman.

The Federal Aviation Administration plans to send flight standards inspectors to inspect the area and they will then contact the owners of the plane assuming it is from an aircraft. The FAA said it will try to determine if there are any identifying marks on it. If not they will look at radar to see what planes were flying over this area Friday afternoon. Either way, they say if a plane is missing a part, they need to determine where that plane is now.


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