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Airplane Debris Mistaken For UFO

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 10:22:45 -0400
Archived: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 10:22:45 -0400
Subject: Airplane Debris Mistaken For UFO

Source: USA Today


Monday, Aug 13 2007

Airplane Debris Mistaken For UFO Lands In Maryland Park

BOYDS, Md. (AP) =97 Hilary Loewenstein initially thought a strange
metal object near the path where she was walking her two dogs
looked like a piece of a spaceship.

"I was like, 'Oh my God! I saw aliens! Aliens are here!' And I
thought, 'How exciting!"' Loewenstein said.

In fact, the 25-pound chunk was not a remnant of a UFO. It was
from a commuter jet headed to Washington's Dulles International

The object landed in a grassy area between houses and soccer
fields that often are full of children. No one was hurt, and the
plane landed safely.

"We were all very lucky," said Loewenstein, who made the
discovery Saturday. "It's so amazing that this piece of airplane
didn't fall onto the zillions of houses right behind it."

United Express Flight 7350, which was traveling from Hartford,
Conn., apparently shed the small door that retracts when the
wheels emerge before landing, airline officials said.

"The landing gear door is not necessary to land the plane,"
United Airlines spokeswoman Robin Urbanski said. "Customers on
the flight were always safe."

The Federal Aviation Administration was to pick up the piece of
debris from police Monday and try to figure out why it fell off,
FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said.

"Various things fall off airplanes from time to time, but it's
fairly unusual to have one of these landing-gear doors fall
off," Brown said. "Airplanes are designed not to shed parts."

Although the debris wasn't from a UFO, Loewenstein said she
wasn't too disappointed.

"We were very excited to find something like that in the town of
Boyds, where nothing ever happens," she said.

Information from: The Washington Post

[Thanks to Greg Boone for the lead]

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