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Man's Leg Falls Out Of Plane And Lands In N.Y. Backyard
AP ^ | 6/8/05

Posted on 06/08/2005 6:57:06 AM PDT by linkinpunk

Man's Leg Falls Out Of Plane And Lands In N.Y. Backyard

June 8, 2005

NEW YORK -- The body of an apparent stowaway was ripped in half during flight Tuesday and his leg crashed into a suburban neighborhood, where a homeowner found the severed limb in the middle of her lawn, authorities said.

Pam Hearne heard "a loud crash" and later was stunned to see a foot clad in an Adidas sneaker and a sock in her yard, said Officer Thomas Blanchard. The leg, with hip and spine attached, dented the shingled roof of her garage before bouncing into the lawn.

Police suspect the remains are from a stowaway who may have been crushed as the South African Airways jet lowered its landing gear on its approach to Kennedy Airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said the pilot of flight 203 would have probably started lowering the plane's landing gear in the sky over the home in Floral Park, about 5 miles from the airport.

Peters said a Customs agent that met the flight at the airport found another leg hanging from the wheel well.

The airline said in a statement that the flight landed with "no impact" on the passengers and crew and it was working closely with authorities to investigate how someone may have stowed away.

The flight originated in Johannesburg, and made one stop in Senegal. Authorities had not identified the remains, which were hauled away from Hearne's yard in a plastic bag.

Hearne, a special education teacher, said that when she first saw the leg in the grass, "it didn't look real."

"But I am very glad that I live where I do," she said, "so I don't have to run for my life like this man probably was doing."

There have been cases of stowaways being crushed by the mechanism in aircraft wheel wells and perishing from the extreme cold at high altitude.


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KEYWORDS: hatewhenthathappens; stowaway
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1 posted on 06/08/2005 6:57:10 AM PDT by linkinpunk
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To: linkinpunk

WHAT NO PICTURES????

just kiddin...


2 posted on 06/08/2005 6:58:38 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (...a sheep in wolf's clothing)
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To: linkinpunk

Guess this replaces people wanting to give their right arm to come to the U.S.


3 posted on 06/08/2005 7:01:38 AM PDT by demkicker (It's clear that Frist cannot heard those Senate cats!)
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To: linkinpunk
The leg, with hip and spine attached, dented the shingled roof of her garage before bouncing into the lawn.

Legs falling out of the sky are no big deal, but I definitely take notice when there is a hip & spine attached.

4 posted on 06/08/2005 7:03:55 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (This is not your granddaddy's America...)
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To: demkicker

This is going to cost the airline company an arm and a leg.


5 posted on 06/08/2005 7:06:19 AM PDT by linkinpunk
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To: linkinpunk

I'm pretty sure that some of the leaders in the NYC and Bed-Stuy communities are going to see this as a hate crime.


6 posted on 06/08/2005 7:10:57 AM PDT by Tacis ( SEAL THE FRIGGEN BORDER!!!)
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To: linkinpunk

Bush's fault.


7 posted on 06/08/2005 7:11:33 AM PDT by Libertarian444
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To: linkinpunk

I hate it when that happens.


8 posted on 06/08/2005 7:11:50 AM PDT by dangus
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To: linkinpunk
The leg, with hip and spine attached

:::Shudder:::This sounds like a Tom and Jerry cartoon. How sad.

9 posted on 06/08/2005 7:14:53 AM PDT by Aggie Mama
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To: linkinpunk

Hey! What's that up the road, a head?


10 posted on 06/08/2005 7:14:59 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Excrementum Occurum)
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To: linkinpunk

First Darwin Award winner for June.


11 posted on 06/08/2005 7:15:54 AM PDT by Tarantulas (Insert pithy quote here - - - "Don't get pithy with me!")
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To: linkinpunk

It's bad enough when it's raining cats and dogs.....but calves and dogs....


12 posted on 06/08/2005 7:17:43 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell
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To: linkinpunk

There's just no leg room on flights any more.


13 posted on 06/08/2005 7:19:38 AM PDT by byteback
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To: linkinpunk

Shoe bomber?


14 posted on 06/08/2005 7:21:25 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: byteback

Aaaargh!!! Go to your room! Now!


15 posted on 06/08/2005 7:23:49 AM PDT by Maj.Bertram.Pudgeman (chuckle, chuckle, snort, snuffle, cackle, chortle.)
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To: linkinpunk

Sounds like something out of Monty Python...


16 posted on 06/08/2005 7:24:56 AM PDT by b4its2late (Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.)
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To: Hatteras

Sounds more like an Itchy and Scratchy cartoon from the Simpsons.


17 posted on 06/08/2005 7:26:00 AM PDT by Armedanddangerous (September 11, 2001, never forget, and never forgive.)
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To: linkinpunk
There wasn't anything to indicate the man was running for his life. A free ride, yes.

Still, not something you want to find in your yard.

18 posted on 06/08/2005 7:29:46 AM PDT by ET(end tyranny) (Pro 26:13 The sluggard saith: 'There is a pierced in the way; yea, a pierced is in the streets.')
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To: linkinpunk

Wonder what happened to the rest of him?


19 posted on 06/08/2005 7:30:05 AM PDT by b4its2late (Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.)
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To: b4its2late
"Wonder what happened to the rest of him?"

...or what the underside of the fuselage looked like.

20 posted on 06/08/2005 7:33:43 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: linkinpunk
But I am very glad that I live where I do," she said, "so I don't have to run for my life like this man probably was doing."

So true...God Bless America and this poor soul.

21 posted on 06/08/2005 7:36:58 AM PDT by QueenBee3 ("Phone's ringin dude.")
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To: linkinpunk

That's one illegal immigrant we don't have to worry about.


22 posted on 06/08/2005 7:40:35 AM PDT by Rippersnapper
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To: linkinpunk

Fire up the barbie! Some tenderized flank from heaven!


23 posted on 06/08/2005 7:42:13 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Life is too short to go through it clenched of sphincter and void of humor - it's okay to laugh.)
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To: linkinpunk

I hope he's O.K.


24 posted on 06/08/2005 7:45:04 AM PDT by scott7278 (Before I give you the benefit of my reply, I'd like to know what we're talking about.)
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To: linkinpunk
"Authorities had not identified the remains..."

It looks like a leg.

25 posted on 06/08/2005 7:46:13 AM PDT by scott7278 (Before I give you the benefit of my reply, I'd like to know what we're talking about.)
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To: linkinpunk

What is not being reported here is - With heighten security at the airports how are people till able to approach an airplane and stowaway?


26 posted on 06/08/2005 7:52:52 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Fierce Allegiance

"The leg, with hip and spine attached, dented the shingled roof of her garage before bouncing into the lawn.
Legs falling out of the sky are no big deal, but I definitely take notice when there is a hip & spine attached."

Actually, I had the same thought. A leg I can handle. Spines are nasty (seen them and don't want to see them again.)

Imagine telling this to your insurance company. "I need a new roof because . . . . "

And who cleaned this up? AIDS anyone?


27 posted on 06/08/2005 7:59:41 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan
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To: Rippersnapper

Poor fella took "voting with your feet" to the extreme.


28 posted on 06/08/2005 8:07:07 AM PDT by Right Angler
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To: MeanWestTexan

There are specialty companies for this type of purpose, seriously.


29 posted on 06/08/2005 8:08:25 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (This is not your granddaddy's America...)
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To: ovrtaxt

Ouch!! South Africa having a bad week. One guy swallowed whole by a shark, now this.


30 posted on 06/08/2005 8:10:12 AM PDT by YaYa123 (@Teeth, Hair, and Eyeballs.com)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

"There are specialty companies for this type of purpose, seriously."

I suppose there would have to be. I actually knew a lady whose job it was to clean up after dead bodies that had been left there for a couple of weeks --- generally shut-ins, but you'd be amazed at the mess a person makes dead on the couch for a weekend sitting in front of the TV (worked as a landlord --- guy was dead on Friday and sat there until Monday PM when people at his work started calling asking where he was.). UGGG.


31 posted on 06/08/2005 8:11:47 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan
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To: MeanWestTexan

I don't know how anybody could do that job.


32 posted on 06/08/2005 8:13:16 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (This is not your granddaddy's America...)
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To: NavyCanDo

The sad thing is that he probably bribed someone in the ground crew to let him stow away.


33 posted on 06/08/2005 8:20:34 AM PDT by toothfairy86
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To: linkinpunk

I guess you'd kneed to see this to believe it. Now if the home owner could just find another shoe at a "half off" sale she'd be set with a comple pair.


34 posted on 06/08/2005 8:43:57 AM PDT by sparkomatic (I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Phil 4:13)
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To: linkinpunk

'Please allow the plane to come to a complete stop before exiting!'


35 posted on 06/08/2005 8:48:54 AM PDT by Free Vulcan
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To: Fierce Allegiance
There are specialty companies for this type of purpose, seriously.

Yep, I saw a special on A&E or Discovery about a guy who runs a company that "cleans up" after crime scenes and deaths.

They had one instance where an old lady who lived alone died in her house of natural causes and they didn't discover the body until several days later (in the Summer in New Orleans w/o AC to boot) and they had to go in remove the remains and clean the house. Icky.

36 posted on 06/08/2005 8:49:35 AM PDT by Libertarian444
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To: scott7278

With his spine pulled out of his body, I am sure he isn't feeling a thing.


37 posted on 06/08/2005 9:08:00 AM PDT by auntyfemenist (Show me your papers...)
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To: Libertarian444

I saw a similar show where they cleaned up after all kinds of crime scenes and hotel depravity. I think it was Las Vegas or Los Angeles. Icky is only a start at describing it


38 posted on 06/08/2005 10:12:10 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (This is not your granddaddy's America...)
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To: auntyfemenist
With his spine pulled out of his body, I am sure he isn't feeling a thing.

Just as long as he's not suffering.

39 posted on 06/08/2005 11:05:30 AM PDT by scott7278 (Before I give you the benefit of my reply, I'd like to know what we're talking about.)
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To: Doomonyou; Darksheare

Unnngh..!


40 posted on 06/08/2005 11:38:50 AM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: linkinpunk
The leg, with hip and spine attached, dented the shingled roof of her garage before bouncing into the lawn.

Try explaining that to your insurance company.

41 posted on 06/08/2005 11:42:28 AM PDT by Bella_Bru (In Mercuristan, such questions are not tolerated.)
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To: linkinpunk

He used to be a foot taller.....


42 posted on 06/08/2005 11:43:57 AM PDT by llevrok ( Former Republican. Forever Conservative)
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To: linkinpunk

Perished trying to come to the US and get a leg up on his homies..


43 posted on 06/08/2005 11:47:52 AM PDT by IamConservative (To worry is to misuse your imagination.)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Yep. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115994/


44 posted on 06/08/2005 11:50:20 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: BenLurkin; Doomonyou

I didn't do it.
I deny tossing legs out of aircraft.


45 posted on 06/08/2005 12:11:27 PM PDT by Darksheare (Hey troll, Sith happens.)
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To: linkinpunk
It was me, and I'm gonna sue the heck out of that airline.

...I got better...

46 posted on 06/08/2005 12:16:44 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: BenLurkin; Darksheare
Unnngh!

What, no pictures!?!

47 posted on 06/08/2005 12:28:19 PM PDT by Doomonyou (I don't think so, Scooter...)
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To: Doomonyou; BenLurkin

Afraid not this time.
But still.. "Man assaulted by leg from the blue!"


48 posted on 06/08/2005 12:35:09 PM PDT by Darksheare (Hey troll, Sith happens.)
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To: linkinpunk

Some people just come apart in a crisis!


49 posted on 06/08/2005 12:55:38 PM PDT by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: Doomonyou; Darksheare

50 posted on 06/08/2005 2:16:14 PM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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