[meteorite-list] Not a "Peekskill"...- or is it?
Thu Oct 18 19:24:53 EDT 2007
DELAWARE: Aviation officials puzzled about so-called
UFO that slammed vehicle
By Alan J. McCombs
The News Journal
It didnt come from an airplane.
The mystery about the origin of a 16-inch,
unidentified falling object that fell from the sky
Monday and sliced like butter through the hood of a
parked vehicle deepened Tuesday, after an official
with the Federal Aviation Administration announced
that whatever it is, its not a piece of aircraft.
At about 4 p.m. Monday, the brownish, hook-shaped
piece of metal crashed through the roof of an
unoccupied 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander parked at the
Happy Harrys drugstore at 536 Main St. in Stanton.
Its arrival came with a boom that one witness told
Mill Creek Fire Company Chief James Howell sounded
like an explosion.
The SUVs owner, Susan Wilson, said she was inside
the drugstore at the time. When she returned to her
car, she found ash and debris on the drivers seat and
gaping hole in the vehicles roof. Nestled on the rear
passenger side floor she found the hot object still
smoldering from its descent.
The metal was still too hot to handle, Delaware
State Police spokesman Cpl. Jeff Whitmarsh said.
Once the mysterious object had cooled down, it was
turned over to the FAA personnel from the Philadelphia
office. The federal agency was doing some last
procedural work on the object Tuesday, but FAA
spokesman Jim Peters said hes confident it didnt
come from any plane.
Wilson, of Wilmington and her fiance Michael Roberto
have struggled with how
to deal with the aftermath of the object falling from
the sky. Their SUV has been towed to a repair shop and
the couple is waiting on the bill. Lacking answers to
what launched the hunk of metal, Wilsons insurance
has asked her to pay the deductible for the damage.