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Look out below: Maine Capitol worker nearly crushed by falling airplane debris

AUGUSTA, ME — In a happenstance that would make Chicken Little blush, a State Capitol worker narrowly avoided disaster while walking outside the entryway of his workplace Friday afternoon.

In this story, however, it wasn’t the sky that was falling — it was a piece of debris from an airplane flying overhead.

Chief Matthew Clancy said in a release that the metal object was 6-7 pounds and landed at a high rate of speed within 8 feet of Capitol Police Screener Craig Donahue. Donahue happened to be walking outside the entrance of the Maine Capitol when the sleeve-like object nearly struck him, according to officials. Two other people were also in the vicinity of Donahue but there were no reported injuries.

Both the FAA and the Augusta State Airport were notified of the incident and are actively investigating. The source of the part remains unknown at this time, but the FAA says it was likely from a larger airline on an international route.

Aviation officials are looking into flights that were over the Capitol area during the time of the accident.

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