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Aircraft wheel falls through roof of a home in suburban Chicago

Posted at 11:18 AM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-08 11:18:13-04

LYNWOOD, Ill.-- Linda Taylor-Whitt and her daughter Crystal were shocked at what they found poking through the drywall of the master bathroom Saturday.

"A wheel was coming through the ceiling of my bathroom," Taylor-Whitt said.

"We were kind of really surprised and kind of lost to what it was at first. My sister was like, 'I think it's a wheel?' I'm like, 'a wheel, from where?' " Crystal said.

From a helicopter, flying overhead, according to a spokesperson with the Federal Aviation Adminstration, who says it's likely a dolly wheel assembly.

Luckily, the family was out when it happened and not hurt, but they came home to a big mess.

"The water was coming in from the rain, there was debris all over everything and she was just screaming," Taylor-Whitt said.

And that wasn't all that was left behind.

"I looked out the window just to see you know and I noticed the other wheel was in my backyard," neighbor Kevin Moore said. He lives four houses down from Taylor Whitt.

Two days later, Moore couldn't believe a second wheel had landed just feet from his house. "Nothing like this has ever happened to me."

Moore considers himself lucky. So does Linda, despite significant roof damage. "We just feeling a little blessed right now no one got hurt."

The Lynwood neighborhood is just a mile drive from the Lansing Municipal Airport.

And with low-flying planes a common sight, Linda says she knew it was only a mater of time before something like this happened. "I've always said one of these days one of them planes is going to fly into this house. I've always said that. It didn't fly into this house it just dropped a wheel."

A local helicopter company has taken responsibility for the wheels and offered to pay for the damages.

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