Talk About Bad Luck! Two People Got Hit by a Plane, and a Piece of the Space Station Hit a Guy’s House

You might feel unlucky after you don’t hit the Powerball again tonight.  But count your blessings.  At least your luck isn’t THIS bad . . .

1.  Two people in Muncie, Indiana were rushed to a hospital on Monday after they got hit by an airplane.  (???)  They were on a walking path near an airport when a single-engine plane fell out of the sky.

One of them was seriously hurt, and so was the pilot.  But last we heard, everyone survived.  Even the deputy chief of police called it a “bad day.”  In a not-so-funny twist, it happened on April Fools’ Day.

2.  Meanwhile, in Florida:  A guy in Naples named Alejandro Otero is trying to get NASA to cover the damages after a piece of trash from the Space Station hit his house.  That’s what people think it was anyway.  (Here’s a photo.)

It happened last month.  At 2:34 P.M. on March 8th, a two-pound object crashed through his roof, came through the ceiling, and blew a hole in his wood floor.  He wasn’t there, but his son was.  A security camera recorded the sound.  (Here’s the video, but it’s not that dramatic.)

2:34 would make sense, because U.S. Space Command tracked a piece of debris from the Space Station reentering Earth’s atmosphere over the Gulf of Mexico five minutes earlier at 2:29 P.M.

The object they tracked was a bunch of depleted batteries that were supposed to be sent back years ago in a controlled descent.  They missed their ride home after a series of delays.  So NASA jettisoned the batteries in 2021 and basically hoped they wouldn’t hit anything when they fell.

Alejandro is still waiting to hear back from NASA.  They say engineers at Kennedy Space Center will analyze the object “as soon as possible” to figure out what it is.