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`SOMETHING STRANGE’ ON S. JORDAN ROOF IS PART OF DOOR FROM DELTA JET

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In what is being described as a "freak accident," a piece of a Boeing 757's landing gear door fell off the plane and landed atop a South Jordan home this week.

"I couldn't believe it," said Dick Bennett, who retrieved the 18-square-inch slab of aircraft from his roof Wednesday morning. "It's scary to think of what might have happened."The door section fell off Delta Air Lines' Flight 937 from Cincinnati as it was approaching the Salt Lake International Airport about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Delta sales manager Fred Rollins.

Bennett, 9743 S. Pinebrook (2056 West), said he and his family were unaware of the incident until neighbor Mary Andreason called Wednesday morning and told them she could see "something strange" on their roof.

"I got out a ladder, climbed up and pulled it down," Bennett said. "It was pretty obvious that it came from an airplane."

The section was inscribed with numbers and the words, "Not a Step." It weighed about four or five pounds, Bennett said.

Bennett notified the Federal Aviation Administration, which sent two inspectors to the home. FAA spokesman Mitch Barker said Delta acknowledged that one of its planes was missing the section when it landed at the Salt Lake airport.

"We're still investigating why it fell off," Rollins said. "It's kind of a freak thing, but fortunately, it didn't have any bearing on the flight's safety."

While complimenting Delta for its responsiveness and cooperation in the matter, Bennett noted that the incident did have a bearing on the safety of his two children and anyone else who could have been hit by the door section.

Bennett said he has not examined his roof to assess possible damage. "It must have hit with quite an impact," he said, adding, "I'm amazed it stayed on the roof, especially as it's steeply pitched."

Barker said the FAA is investigating the incident to determine if there was a flaw in the aircraft or "whether something was not done that should have been done."