Piece of jet airliner found in Stewart Manor yard

Lee Ackerman in his Stewart Manor yard on Lee Ackerman in his Stewart Manor yard on Friday Aug. 22, 2014, where he said he found a piece of metal that had been shed by a jumbo airliner. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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A Stewart Manor man found a commercial airplane part in his backyard this week that he believes fell from the sky.

Lee Ackerman, 52, was taking his dog for a walk Tuesday afternoon when he found a square piece of metal, about 1 foot by 1 foot, in a fern.

The sheet metal appears to have been shed by an Airbus A380, a jumbo airliner capable of carrying more than 500 passengers.

"It's unnerving to have stuff fall from the sky," Ackerman said Friday. "It, thankfully, was a small piece. We have so many flights going overhead and, you know, things fall off planes now and then."

On one side of the metal piece is a gray, sticky material that appears to be glue. On the other side are a diagram and maintenance instructions for an A380 wing landing gear.

"There is a plane flying around without a maintenance chart on it," said Nassau police Officer Michael Throo, who was at Ackerman's house Friday to take the debris.

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The Federal Aviation Administration said it is investigating.

The discovery had neighbors on the cul-de-sac buzzing yesterday afternoon, with children and adults dropping by Ackerman's house to check it out.

Maritza Brugger, 43, who lives next door, said the biggest complaint she and her neighbors have had was airplane noise from flights coming and going from Kennedy Airport.

"Now we have to be concerned that things can fall on our heads," she said.

"Oh, my heaven," said another neighbor, Suzanne Barnes, 87. "I wonder if anybody else has any debris in their yards."

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