FAA: Metal that struck Va. home came from chipper

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HERNDON, Va. (AP) -- An investigation has concluded that a piece of metal that crashed through a northern Virginia home from the sky came from a woodchipper, not an airplane.

The Federal Aviation Administration investigated what happened Friday morning in Herndon. A homeowner found the hand-sized piece of metal on her dining room floor, where it landed after crashing through an awning and her ceiling.

No one was injured, but because the home was along the flight path for Dulles International Airport, there was concern that it had fallen off an airplane.

On Wednesday, the FAA reported that the piece actually came from a nearby industrial-strength woodchipper.

WJLA-TV reported (http://wj.la/1kUXfJY ) that the piece, called a grinding tooth, came off a chipper about a block away from the home.