High Flying Metal Mystery

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The FAA says a 2.2-pound chunk of metal that smashed through the roof of a Broward, Fla., home, cracked four skylights, sliced through a den and finally came to rest, scorching hot, on the pool deck, where it cracked tiles, didn't come from an airplane. But the owner of the house is alleging a cover-up. "I think someone's covering someone's a-- for not inspecting a plane," Robert Amchir told the Sun-Sentinel newspaper. It's going to cost him about $10,000 to repair the various holes in his house caused by the metal, which blasted through last Wednesday afternoon. FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said several airworthiness inspectors examined the metal and none could identify it as an aircraft part. They thought it might be a counterweight of some sort used in machinery. "Our investigation is closed," she said. But if it didn't come from an airplane, where did it come from? Amchir said there's nothing in the neighborhood that could have flung it high enough or hard enough to cause that kind of damage. His house is near Hollywood-Ft. Lauderdale Airport and he believes it must have come from a passing airliner. The fact that it was so hot likely led to the idea that the material came from an engine. However, airport officials told the Sun-Sentinel that there were no reports of problems with aircraft arriving or departing the airport on Wednesday. Broward police are investigating and Amchir said he's hiring a lawyer. (Maybe they need to look a little higher than the sky.)