Refrigerator-sized aircraft part crashes in Kent neighborhood

Refrigerator-sized aircraft part crashes in Kent neighborhood »Play Video
Residents look at the aircraft part that crashed in their neighborhood. (Photo by Leah Dermody)
KENT, Wash. - The FAA is investigating after a piece of metal about the size of a refrigerator door fell from a jet aircraft and crashed into a residential neighborhood Friday morning on Kent's East Hill.

Residents who live in the area said the errant aircraft part hit the ground just before 7 a.m. and skipped about 30 feet before coming to rest on the street, right next to sidewalks and the front yards of homes there.

According to witnesses, lots of people walk through the area each day, including children heading to school. But luckily no one was hit when the part came crashing down.

"We were grateful that no children were hurt and it didn't hit a house or a car," said Maureen Rinabarger.

The neighbors say it appeared to be a cargo jet heading for Boeing Field and moments later, the piece fell out of the sky, fluttering its way to the ground.

"We heard a big crash, like a slap, slap," Rinabarger said. "And it did sound like a big large piece of metal."

Later Friday afternoon, the FAA confirmed it was part of a landing gear door off a Boeing 767, but have not said if they have located the plane it came from.