Falling object from plane nearly hits Maine State House


AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A metallic object believed to have fallen from a transatlantic plane crashed in front of the Maine State House, landing with a loud bang just feet from a Capitol Police employee, officials said Monday. responsible.

The Federal Aviation Administration was alerted on Friday and returned to the State House on Monday as it investigates the incident, Capitol Police Chief Matthew Clancy said.

The object hit with a loud bang on a granite slab lining a paved driveway about 6 to 8 feet from a security guard — and nearly hit the building itself, he said.

“It definitely shocked him,” the chef said. “He was coming back to the building and got a hell of a warning shot.”

The FAA believes the metal sleeve weighing 6 to 7 pounds came from a wing flap of a large airliner, he said. Airlines were notified and all planes landed safely that day, he said.

The situation could have turned tragic.

The area where the part of the plane crashed into the ground is usually occupied when the Maine Legislative Assembly is in session, and is regularly used for rallies, demonstrations and press conferences, he said. he declares.


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