Steel object falling from airplane narrowly misses Maine Capitol cop

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A steel object believed to have fallen from a trans-Atlantic jet landed exterior the Maine State Home — and almost hit a Capitol Police officer, officers mentioned.

The dark-colored cylinder landed with a loud bang on a slab of granite lining a cobblestone walkaway about 6 to eight ft from safety screener Craig Donahue on Friday — and got here near hitting the constructing itself, Capitol Police Chief Matthew Clancy mentioned.

“It undoubtedly shocked him,” the chief mentioned, referring to Donahue. “He was strolling again to the constructing and obtained fairly a wakeup name.”

The Federal Aviation Administration was alerted on Friday and returned to the State Home on Monday because it investigated the thing, Clancy mentioned.

Two different individuals who had been within the neighborhood witnessed the incident, however nobody was harm.

The FAA believes the steel sleeve, weighing 6 to 7 kilos, got here off a wing flap of a giant passenger jet. Airways had been notified, and all planes landed safely that day, Clancy mentioned.

This steel sleeve weighing 6 to 7 kilos got here off a wing flap of a giant passenger jet, in line with the FAA.
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The metal object landed on a slab of granite lining a cobblestone walkaway about 6 to 8 feet from Officer Craig Donahue.
The steel object landed on a slab of granite lining a cobblestone walkaway about 6 to eight ft from Officer Craig Donahue.
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The falling object left a mark where is struck the pavement, just steps away from the Maine State House.
The falling object left a mark the place it struck the pavement, simply steps away from the Maine State Home.
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The place where the metal object landed is frequently used for rallies, protests and press conferences.
The place the place the steel object landed is steadily used for rallies, protests and press conferences.
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The world the place the airplane half crashed to the bottom is often busy when the Maine Legislature is in session, and it’s routinely used for rallies, protests and press conferences, he mentioned.

“It might have had very, very tragic outcomes,” Clancy advised Bangor Every day Information. “And if it struck the State Home, it in all probability would have completed some injury.”

With Submit wires


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