A door plummeted out of the sky over Southwest Florida and landed on the roof of a patio furniture store about the same time it opened for the day.
It happened around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2, in Fort Myers, according to the Iona McGregor Fire District.
“Truck 74, along with Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies, responded to Leaders Furniture of Fort Myers in reference to aircraft door falling on the store’s roof,” the fire department said in an Aug. 2 Facebook post.
“Our crew … retrieved the door. No one was hurt and there was no damage to the building.”
Details of the hard landing — including what it sounded like from inside the store — were not released.
News of the discovery had social media commenters speculating on what happened to the rest of the aircraft.
The Federal Aviation Administration says it was a Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm Bo 105 helicopter and it landed safely at Page Field Airport, about two miles north of the furniture store. Five people were aboard and there were no reports of injuries.
An FAA investigation of the incident is underway.
Investigators have not said how high the aircraft was when the door popped off. Photos posted by the fire department show the door was within a foot or two of landing on the ground beside the store, which is one-story high.
Fort Myers is about 125 miles south of Tampa.