A Radcliff woman had a surprise land Saturday morning on her Hill Street home that is odd enough to be mistaken for an insurance commercial.
Lynn Brown, of Radcliff, was sitting at her dining room table around 9:30 a.m. Saturday drinking coffee when she said she heard a “boom, boom.”
“I thought, what in the world,” she said.
Brown sat for a minute and then heard helicopters flying low. She came to the door and didn’t notice anything. Brown then checked to make sure he vehicle was OK.
“Then I thought, Lynn, maybe it’s your imagination,” she said.
She thought maybe the helicopters had lost something in the woods and were looking for it. She sat back down to finish her coffee and called her son-in-law, still wondering if something hit her house.
Her son-in-law Barry came over and gave her some strange news.
“Yeah, you’ve got a helicopter door in the yard,” he told her.
Brown said the door hit the roof, bounced off the gutter, hit the front deck and landed in the yard.
The impact put a few dents in the gutter and cut a gash in the wooden deck.
Fort Knox officials and Radcliff police came to the home, she said. Officials told her there were helicopters stopping on their way to provide hurricane relief and lost a door to a helicopter. They told her the helicopters were flying around looking for it.
She said the door looked to be the size of an escape or emergency door.
One of the police officers told her he had worked for the Radcliff Police Department for around 20 years and had never seen anything like what happened at her home. Police removed the door from her yard.
She had only lived in the home about two months, recently moving to the area.
“I have heard helicopters and things like that around here but never dreamed anything like that could happen,” Brown said. “We were very lucky, it could have been worse.”
If someone had been outside there could have been injuries or if the helicopter had been flying higher the impact to the house could have come through the roof, she said.
“It’s minor damage but who would have ever thought,” Brown said.
Radcliff Police Chief Jeff Cross told The News-Enterprise on Saturday the helicopter part became unhinged from a Navy helicopter. Police were called to the scene around 3:30 p.m.