When The Sky Falls

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Sometimes what goes up doesn't necessarily follow the rest when it comes down. Nancy Morgan, of Hartselle, Ala., went outside her home to investigate the "whoomp" she'd heard and found what looked like the door of an airplane. Stoney Powell, the owner of the FBO at nearby Rountree Airport, confirmed her suspicions and has begun knocking on hangar doors. "I'm checking around to see if anyone knows of a pilot who's missing part of his airplane," Powell told The Decatur Daily. Near Chicago, kids are collecting bits of an MD 80's engine after a mishap last Thursday. American Airlines Flight 1374 had just taken off from O'Hare when it ran into a flock of geese, at least one of which met its end in the left engine. The turbine shattered, raining mangled metal chunks over Chicago's Northwest Side and suburban towns. The plane, with 112 on board, made it back to O'Hare safely. "There were metal pieces all over the lawns, sidewalks and street," Chris Boldt told the Chicago Sun-Times. There were no reported injuries on the ground but falling debris may have claimed a "large black bird" found dead outside a residence. The homeowner heard a thump on her roof and found the bird outside. Any bird that went through the engine would not likely have made a thump of any sort, authorities opined, but they took the dead bird away anyway.