Sunday, June 12, 2016

Family baffled by fast-moving mango that perforated their pool cover

A fast-moving mango, weighing 454 grams, fell into a family’s backyard in Calgary, Canada, on Tuesday afternoon. It narrowly missed Lisa Egan while she was rolling up the cover on the family’s pool. “All of a sudden, out of nowhere, something hits the top of the blanket, approximately in the centre, (it was) extremely loud, it scared me,” she said.

Egan noticed a gaping hole in the plastic cover before spotting the mango floating in the pool, under the cover. Amazingly, the mango wasn’t severely damaged, just flattened somewhat on one side. “At first I thought it had to be someone throwing it in the yard,” Egan said, adding she also thought her husband Duane might be pulling off a prank. But that wasn’t the case.

Duane Egan doesn’t believe the mango was tossed into their pool. “My son and I, we’ve thrown apples very high into the pool, and I’ve actually thrown it right at the cover as well - trying to bust through it, and I can’t,” Duane said. “For the mango to bust right through it had to be coming pretty fast.” The Egans have considered several possibilities: maybe it fell from the International Space Station, maybe it was shot out of a mango cannon or maybe a big bird dropped it.

But the couple said it probably came from an plane since their McKenzie Towne home is under a well-used flight path for the Calgary International Airport. As for how a large piece of fruit could fall out of a plane in the first place, no one knows. And the great mango mystery of McKenzie Towne may never be solved. “Might be a very normal reason for this, but I don’t know what it is,” Egan said.

With investigative news video.

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