Debris in Gatewood neighborhood: Any plane missing a window?

1:19 PM: That photo shared by Pam in Gatewood shows what she and her neighbors believe are aircraft parts – “metal frame, clear plex of a window” – that fell in their neighborhood within the past hour and a half. Some hit a roof, some turned up in a yard. They’re wondering if anyone else found something similar, and they’re contacting aviation authorities. An eastbound approach to Boeing Field does go over part of Gatewood, and Pam says they heard a plane just before this happened. No injuries reported.

2:27 PM: Per comments, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

22 Replies to "Debris in Gatewood neighborhood: Any plane missing a window?"

  • ACH November 12, 2013 (1:32 pm)


  • Andy November 12, 2013 (2:06 pm)

    NTSB is investigating and will take possession of the debris.

  • Kels November 12, 2013 (2:12 pm)

    Where in Gatewood did this land? We will check our yard and roof and keep an eye out on the dog walk.

  • Andy November 12, 2013 (2:18 pm)

    Intersections of Holden/Ida and California

  • Pam November 12, 2013 (3:19 pm)

    We’re glad no one was hurt and that there’s no damage. It made a helluva racket.

  • Steph November 12, 2013 (3:35 pm)

    The sky is falling!! The sky is falling!!

  • mjaros November 12, 2013 (3:36 pm)

    Be glad it wasn’t a big chunk of blue ice.

  • rebekahj November 12, 2013 (3:56 pm)

    I found a piece near our recycle bin out at the curb. I thought the recycle pickup must have left it behind – and questioned what my husband had broke. But obviously its something else. Who should I contact?

  • Andy November 12, 2013 (5:07 pm)

    rebekahj: Joe Dimarco from the NTSB will be collecting the pieces on Thursday morning at my place on Holden if you’d like to add your part to the pile. andyscearce(-at-)gmail(dot)com.

  • cjboffoli November 12, 2013 (7:50 pm)

    Paging Donnie Darko.

  • WestSide45 November 12, 2013 (8:29 pm)

    I didn’t know Boeing was making small planes now.

  • bridge to somewhere November 12, 2013 (9:00 pm)

    This window is from a non-pressurized civilian airplane. Think Cessna or Piper Cub, not Boeing 747.

    • WSB November 12, 2013 (9:35 pm)

      Thanks, Bridge. I guess I should have clarified – living under the same approach, several blocks south of Pam & neighbors – that it’s definitely not Sea-Tac-type traffic that goes over us regularly, but exactly what you mention. Sometimes also interesting antique aircraft. – TR

  • 56bricks November 12, 2013 (9:56 pm)

    Jeepers ! Guess I was over the .08. That was a really hard left turn.

  • Tony November 12, 2013 (10:36 pm)

    Could it possibly be from a helicopter?

  • anonyme November 13, 2013 (6:17 am)

    There has been a sharp increase in small, low-flying aircraft over Arbor Heights (and other neighborhoods) in the last six months. Until now, it’s just been annoying. This incident could have had deadly consequences.

  • pam November 13, 2013 (8:17 am)

    KIRO 7 was here yesterday — and across the street with neighbor Andy who has the bits. Apparently, it’s not okay to have bits of your plane fall off and not report them.

    We’re really happy no one was hurt.

  • adot November 13, 2013 (11:27 am)

    It’s too bad people operating motor vehicles on the ground aren’t held to the same standards of safety and competence as people flying airplanes. It’s past time we end the ongoing slaughter of our fellow Americans at the hands of incompetent and unaware drivers.

  • small planes fly too low over gatewood hill November 13, 2013 (4:18 pm)

    Many of the little planes flying over Gatewood Hill are flying too low over the hill top. Like anonyme says above, deadly consequences could happen.

  • Kathryn November 13, 2013 (10:50 pm)

    Pam, Happy that you and J are okay. I guess the good news is that everyone is okay and the odds of it happening again in our neighborhood is unlikely. :)

  • aaron November 14, 2013 (11:30 am)

    Has the NTSB said anything?

  • Tracy White November 14, 2013 (10:57 pm)

    NTSB probably won’t say anything for a while – these would have to be put in the queue, then identified, traffic logs pulled and examined, etc., I’d guess a couple of months minimum. Would be happy to be wrong.
    To those of you who are feeling the rush of surviving the near end of the world, take a deep breath. These are not structural pieces and it is extremely unlikely the plane was in any way impacted other than additional wind. It’s a small window. Keep calm and Seattle on!

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