Second Time That's Happened In Nine Years
What fell through
Margaret Bagley's roof? Thanks to the Internet, she's pretty sure
she knows the answer... but the FAA still wants to know for
According to the Palm Beach (FL) Post, a small metal ball
crashed through the roof of Bagley's home last week, coming to rest
on the floor of the West Palm Beach resident's garage.
Bagley found the metal object, which resembled the ball of a
trailer hitch, when she went to do laundry February 13. Looking up,
she discovered a softball-sized hole in her roof.
Finding a part number on the object, Bagley did a Google search
and discovered it was the jack pad off an airliner. Bagley's home
is under the flight path to Palm Beach International Airport
Bagley called the FAA, and a flight standards official took the
part Wednesday for further analysis. "They are going to see if
there are any markings on it," Bagley said.
The NIMBY contingent around PBI immediately picked up the ball,
as it were, and ran with it -- calling the incident an example of
the danger posed to residents living near the airport.
"The airport is talking about expansion, but they are not
talking about safety," said Jose Rodriguez, president of the Vedado
neighborhood. "Who is doing inspections of these planes? You let
these planes up with a part that is missing. That is a safety
Incidentally, Bagley says this wasn't the first time an airplane
part has fallen on her property.
A 1999 incident, in which the engine of a Continental Airlines
737-300 suffered uncontained turbine failure on takeoff, rained
down hundreds of parts on a five-block area... and dumped an
18-inch-long metal object on her husband's truck.