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Boeing 767's landing gear door falls into neighborhood near Seattle

Leah Dermody / AP

In this photo provided by Leah Dermody, a piece of metal that appears to be a landing gear door from an airplane is shown after it fell to the ground in Kent, Wash., outside Seattle.

The landing gear door of a Boeing 767 fell from the sky and narrowly missed a car parked a couple of feet away in Kent, Wash., NBC station KING 5 of Seattle reported.

Roughly the size of a refrigerator door, the Boeing part is made of carbon fiber, Federal Aviation Administration officials told KING. Bits of carbon fiber remained embedded deep in the pavement of Southeast 231st Way, about 15 miles east of Seattle, after FAA officials toted the part away as part of an investigation, KING reported.


Neighbors rushed outside Friday as soon as they heard it hit the ground.

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Witnesses told The Associated Press the panel hit the ground and skipped about 30 feet before stopping in a street Friday morning. Several pieces broke off.

Leah Dermody, who photographed the door, told KING that some of her neighbors claimed to have heard a plane pass very low over the neighborhood just before the part dropped.

Residents said the fact no one was hit is pure luck.

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Neighbor John Hansen told KING he would hold on to a piece of the plane.

"A souvenir.  Keep it and see how lucky I was," he said. "It's gotta be a one in a million shot."