The Federal Aviation Administration is now looking into why two homes on Long Island have gaping hole in their roofs. The homeowners suspect something fell from an overhead airplane — and what it may have been has them disgusted.
The hole in the roof of one Valley Stream home could fit a basketball. Something tore through the shingles, plywood and insulation at 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
Adding to the mystery, next door on Home Street there is another hole in a roof. Ann Grace’s roof was also torn apart at the same time. She reported it police who do not suspect it was a break-in attempt.
“It’s a very huge hole. It did a lot of damage through heavy wood. I can’t imagine if it hit a person,” Grace said.
Her roofer found a brown, wet stain inside the damaged attic. He said he can’t imagine anything strong enough to make that kind of hole other than falling debris from an airplane.
Not sure what it could be and there is no mention that testing was done but an inspector was sent. It’s frightening to think that the plane’s waste system would be leaking. That’s something that ought to be a closed system and is regulated to be so. (This site also has info that purplish stains on house may be from birds this time of year.) Is this more likely from a small plane? It could be worse, it could be a person falling out of the sky. Here is the story of a MAN who fell to earth, probably a stowaway in the planes landing gear who fell, possibly while alive. Horrible.
A man or a body fell from the sky over a suburb of London on Sunday (Sept. 9) morning, and officials may never know whether he was dead before he hit the ground.
The thinking is that when the landing-gear bay opened as the plane made its descent, the man tumbled out from a few thousand feet over Mortlake.
UPDATE: The FAA says it is not waste because it would look like blue ice. And it doesn’t.
Arlene Salac, a spokesperson for the FAA’s eastern region office, told Life’s Little Mysteries, “If it’s a large enough chunk of it, it falls off down to the ground. It does definitely occur.” She added that in the past, people have frozen specimens of blue ice that landed in their yards or homes to be back-matched to the namesake lavatory chemical and hopefully linked to the airline responsible.
“Inspectors went out there today and it doesn’t appear from the information we have at this point to be a case of blue ice,” she said. “Whenever we have these cases we pull the radar tracks over the residents and there weren’t any aircraft going over that house at that time. The closest one was 3 miles away, so it’s not a case of blue ice, but we don’t know what happened to the house.”
So, we still don’t know what it was. What happened to the samples?
Oddly, another Long Island home was pelted with what they thought was poo back in February. But it was more likely birds as mentioned above.
UPDATE (16-Sept-2012): More on stowaways on planes. They typically die prior to falling.
Those stowaways whose bodies are not mangled by the retracting landing gear or killed by these extreme conditions will almost certainly be unconscious by the time the compartment doors re-open a few thousand feet above ground, causing them to plunge to their deaths.
“They either get crushed or frozen to death,” says aviation expert David Learmount, of Flight International magazine.
“There’s a huge degree of ignorance. If anyone knew what they were letting themselves in for they wouldn’t do it.”
Whether motivated by a desire to escape persecution or seek economic prosperity in the West, this method of transit represents the ultimate desperation.