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Teen says he thought 'the world was ending' when airplane part fell from the sky near his home

Posted at 11:55 PM, Jun 06, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — People in far northeast Las Vegas got quite the scare Thursday afternoon when parts of an airplane crashed into the roof and outside of their apartments.

Mark Segundo described the deafening sound he heard.

“It was around two o’clock we heard a loud boom!”

But it was not the type of boom Anthony Pitts said he is used to hearing in his neighborhood near Craig and Nellis.

"And then I heard a smack. And it smacked over here. And when it hit it was loud,” said Pitts.” And the first thing I did was run in the house. I’m not going to lie. I was scared. I thought it was a shooting. That's how loud it was."

Instead the Federal Aviation Administration confirms it was a door or panel of a plane that crashed to the ground. But a spokesperson said they did not know what type of aircraft it came from. A spokesperson for the Las Vegas Metro Police Department said the parts may have come from a contracted plane that flies out of Nellis Air Force Base. An FAA inspector was sent to check it out as police cordoned off the area from startled neighbors. A lot of them were children and teenagers.

"I thought the world was ending or something,” said Alex Lopez. “And then I came outside and saw my neighbors all staring at something."

"One of my kids could have been walking out here and that thing would have hit him,” Pitts said. “It’s not going to be a concussion. Not going to be oh no, I’m hurt honey go to the hospital. They would be dead!”

A 13 Action News viewer who has lived in the area for several years shared video with us of Nellis Air Force Base planes flying in a manner he said has become increasingly low and frightening in recent years.

"I think they should inspect the planes more often,” said Lopez. “Because we can’t be having that around! There are kids out here. What if another piece falls off and injures someone? "

But fortunately, police said there were no reported injuries and only minimal damage reported.