A woman claims falling ice from an overhead aircraft pierced her roof. As Gary Bobrovitz reports, if she is correct, it would be the second time that has happened in Calgary in the span of a week.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is investigating whether falling ice from an aircraft is responsible for a large hole in the roof of a Calgary home.
Judy Landry said it happened at around noon on Saturday, March 4 at the home she shares with her husband in the 100 block of Riverbirch Road S.E.
“Sitting in my living room and all of a sudden we heard a thunderous boom,” Landry said. “Not sure what it was.”
Landry said they later discovered a hole in the southwest corner of their roof, but weren’t able to find any errant objects in their attic, leading them to believe it was a caused by a chunk of ice that had since melted.
Less than a week earlier, a chunk of ice fell through the roof of a home in the community of Dover, located less than 10 kilometres away.
In an email sent to Landry, Bill Scholefield with Transport Canada said “as with the prior incident, the damage to your roof was also probably ice that fell from an aircraft.”
Landy hopes an investigation by the TSB will determine which airline is responsible.
“We just don’t want to have to pay for it,” she explained, saying she and her husband have reported the incident to their home insurance provider but are currently stuck paying a $1,000 deductible to have the hole fixed.
In an email sent to Landry, Bill Holt with the TSB said “it could be [from] almost any aircraft that may have flown over your home.”
“We will have to look at radar tapes and try to overlap your house with your exact location.”
Daniel Martins. Sunday, February 26, 2017, 11:02 AM – A Calgary couple was startled Friday night after a large chunk of ice crashed through the roof of their home.
Now, WestJet says it will pay for the damages, after it seemed likely the ice fell from one of the airline’s planes.
“A preliminary investigation of the situation with Nav Canada indicates the ice did fall from a WestJet Encore Bombardier Q400 on approach into Calgary from Regina,” company spokesperson Lauren Stewart told CBC News Saturday.
The ice chunk was around 30 cm in diameter, and had gone straight through the roof and main floor of the home to land in the basement. The home, a bungalow, was located in the 100-block of Doverthorn Bay S.E.
The home’s owners, Theresa and Richard Couch, were watching hockey when the incident happened, though they weren’t injured. Theresa told CBC the couple had lived in the home for more than four decades, and aircraft approach routes had changed in the last two years to take more planes directly over the home.
“Now we’re very nervous,” she told the station. “With all these planes passing over our house all the time, it’s day and night.”
Meanwhile, an airplane landing at Pearson International Airport in Toronto went off the runway Friday overnight, while the province experienced wet and foggy conditions. Read the story here and watch the video below.
Fuente: The Weather Network
February 24, 2017 11:25 pm. By Caley Ramsay
Some homeowners in southeast Calgary were given quite the scare Friday night when a giant piece of ice came crashing through their roof.
Theresa Couch and her husband were watching TV in the living room of their home in the 100-block of Doverthorn Bay S.E. when they heard what they thought was an explosion.
“All of a sudden we heard this big bang and all this stuff falling,” Couch, who has lived in the house for 42 years, explained. “We thought something major fell out of the cupboard or something.”
The pair went into the kitchen but they found nothing out of the ordinary. Then they walked into the hallway to find a hole in their ceiling.
Will Taylor. 09:00AM, Thursday 16 February 2017
A business owner from Oakley Green [Berkshire, UK] has been left feeling lucky to be alive after a block of ice fell from the sky and smashed a hole into the roof of his house.
Wahram Manoukian, 69, left his home at 7am on Friday morning to use the gym at Oakley Court in Windsor Road, but returned at about 8.30am to find a hole in his roof with tiles and bits of ice strewn around his grounds.
Mr Manoukian, who lives in Oakley Green Road, and his wife, 66-year-old Beverley, have stored the chunks of ice in a freezer in anticipation of an investigation.
He believed it could have fallen from a plane, though this has not been confirmed.
Continue Reading Oakley Green man ‘lucky to be alive’ after ice block smashes through roof…
By: George Franco. Posted:Feb 02 2017 06:42PM EST
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – A Grayson family said it’s a wonder no one was hurt or worse when a big piece of ice fell from the sky Tuesday morning.
The big chunk of frozen water fell around 7:45 a.m., leaving a big hole in the roof of the Grayson home of the Whitaker family. Continue Reading Mystery: Ice falls through Georgia home…
Woman, 60, escapes death after ‘chunk of ice containing human excrement and urine fell from plane flying overhead’7/ 01/ 2017 en 4:53 | Publicado en Casuística, Daños, Hielo azul, Materiales, Personales | Comentarios desactivados en Woman, 60, escapes death after ‘chunk of ice containing human excrement and urine fell from plane flying overhead’
By Chris Kitching for MailOnline
Published: 16:52 GMT, 7 January 2016 | Updated: 16:52 GMT, 7 January 2016
A 60-year-old woman narrowly escaped death when a chunk of ice mysteriously fell from the sky over a village in India – and scientists say it may have come from a plane’s toilet.
Scientists say they have two theories about where the football-sized piece of ice originated and they haven’t ruled out the possibility it contained human excrement and urine that leaked from an aircraft holding tank and froze as it fell towards earth.
The bizarre incident left the woman, identified by media as Rajrani Gaud, with a shoulder injury, but those who live in the village of Aamkhoh said her injuries could have been far worse.
Witnesses claimed she survived the incident because the ice crashed onto a home’s terrace before hitting her, the Times of India reported.
Deepak Jain, a local schoolteacher, said: ‘I was only 25ft away from the spot where the monster came crashing down.
‘Children and villagers witnessed the fall and then heard screams. We ran towards Rajrani’s house and referred her to hospital.
‘The ice ball hit the roof first. Otherwise it would have smashed her skull.’
The incident occurred in India’s Sagar district, about 300 miles south of Delhi, on 17 December but wasn’t reported until today.
It could have been so-called blue ice, sewage that has leaked from an aircraft and frozen at a high altitude, or a megacryometeor, the Times of India reported.
India’s civil aviation authority chose not to look into the claims, but scientists began their own investigation after word of the incident spread, the newspaper reported.
Reports of ‘blue ice’ falling from a plane occur from time to time, although the US Federal Aviation Administration said the incidents are rare.
It said some lavatory holding tanks contain a blue chemical that is added to deodorize the liquid and break down solid waste. The FAA said: ‘Occasionally, the holding tank or drain tube develops a leak. If this happens at high altitudes, the water will freeze once it hits outside air.
‘However, if blue ice falls from an aircraft, the ice will usually break up and melt before it hits the ground. If the ice doesn’t fall off, it will melt as the airplane descends for landing. Then it usually dissipates into small droplets.’
A plane’s flight crew cannot dump wastewater in flight because the waste valve is located on the exterior of a plane and can only be operated by ground crew, the FAA added.
Fuente: Daily Mail
Posted 12:44 pm, January 5, 2017, by Heather Holeman
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A little splat of bird droppings on one’s vehicle every now and then is nasty, yet completely normal.
But when human feces comes spraying down from the heavens, all normalcy flies out the vehicle’s window.
“It’s disgusting.” Bethany Bowker lives right below the flight path of Salt Lake International Airport and sees dozens of commercial planes every day.
For the second time in a matter of a few years, her driveway has been the target of falling human fecal matter.
“At first I thought, ‘Wow, some bird really took a dump on my car!'” Bowker told KSL News.
She soon realized the stinky splatter did not come from birds. “This is undeniable,” Bowker said. “I just want it to stop.”
Bowker is one of many who have complained over the years about what the Federal Aviation Administration calls “blue ice” – wastewater from airline toilets that leaks out onto the plane, freezes at high altitudes, then falls when it melts as the plane descends.
The FAA states on its website: “Many people assume that aircraft lavatories dump overboard when they are flushed; they do not. The aircrew cannot dump the wastewater in flight because the waste valve is located on the exterior of the aircraft and only ground crew can operate valve.”
Either way, blue ice has hit homes all over the world, as one Philadelphia teen experienced in 2015 right in the middle of her “Sweet 16” party.
Karen Bass experienced a similar smelly downpour down under in 2014 and tells The New Zealand Herald, “I’m absolutely disgusted at the moment. The amount of crap everywhere is horrendous.”
In England in 2013, a “frozen lump of wee” went shooting like a meteor through the roof, then straight through the floor of Caroline Guy’s motor home.
She saved the large yellow chunk of ice in her freezer.
“It is just a miracle that neither myself nor my children were in there when it came crashing down. It could have killed someone,” Guy told The Sun.
Aviation authorities say the frozen mass also could have come from a plane’s air conditioning system.
As for the damage, Guy was stuck with the bill since it happened while she was gone and she couldn’t pinpoint a specific airline.
In 2012, a New York couple enjoying some quality time on their back patio soon found themselves drenched in sludge.
Artie Hughes told CBS New York, “It was oily in substance, blackish-greenish oil. I thought it was hydraulic fluid and then the policeman came down and said ‘No I don’t think so. Looks like something nastier than that.'”
So, what do you do if you’re the victim of blue ice? Call the FAA immediately.
Officials will try to track down the specific aircraft that accidentally dropped the doo.
As for who is responsible for cleaning up the matter, a spokesperson for Salt Lake International Airport says victims should call their city and ask for a hazardous material clean up.
By Nicole Vowell | Posted Jan 3rd, 2017 @ 10:16pm
WEST JORDAN — While most of us are busy cleaning up snow from our driveways, Bethany Bowker is busy trying to figure out how to clean up a much different kind of mess — human feces.
Continue Reading Woman says aircraft dumped human waste on her property…
New Delhi, Oct 28, 2016 (PTI)
Imagine human excreta falling on you from airplanes flying above!! A former senior armyman has moved the National Green Tribunal alleging dumping of human waste by aircraft over residential areas near the IGI airport here, which led the green panel to order an inspection of his South Delhi house.
Lt Gen (Retd) Satwant Singh Dahiya has sought criminal proceedings against commercial airlines and levy of hefty fines on them for endangering the health of residents, terming the act as violation of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Noting the submissions of the petitioner, the green panel directed Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to depute a senior environmental engineer to inspect his house and check the existence of human excreta on the walls.
It also asked CPCB that if excreta was found, samples should be collected for analysis and the report placed before the tribunal. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also issued notices to the Ministries of Environment and Forests and Civil Aviation and CPCB, seeking their replies within two weeks.
Plane toilets store human waste in special tanks. These are normally disposed of by ground crew once the plane lands, but aviation officials acknowledge that lavatory leaks can occur in the air at times. There have been instances, including in India, when people have been injured.
In his petition, Vasant Enclave resident Dahiya has sought creation of a 24-hour helpline for immediate reporting of the incident and a monitoring mechanism to check that no aircraft drops “human soil or excreta” while landing.
“For past more than the week in the early morning, we found that walls and floors of terrace of our house splattered with large patches of excreta dumped by aircraft flying in front of Palam airport at night. This is the second time this has happened. Last time it had occurred in early October when we had spent Rs 50,000 to get the entire exterior resurfaced with fresh paint.
“Diwali is only few days away and being the festive season having recently finished fresh coating of the house exterior at considerable experience to clean up the premises. We are again faced with having our walls completed spattered with waste. We are retired people and cannot afford to have this defacement everyday,” the plea said.
The bench, also comprising U D Salvi, said “we direct senior environmental engineer from CPCB to visit the premises of the applicant and check whether as a matter of fact remnant of human excreta are found on the walls or on terrace floor of the applicant’s building or any building adjacent thereto.
“If the remnants are found, its samples should be collected for analysis in order to confirm its nature and analysis report be placed before the Tribunal on the next date of hearing” on November 25.
Advocate B V Niren, appearing for Civil Aviation Ministry, opposed the argument and said plane toilets stored the waste in special tanks which are normally disposed of by ground crews once the plane lands.
In January this year, a woman in a village near Bhopal suffered injuries when a frozen mass bounced off a nearby building and fractured her shoulder. Aviation experts then believed that the mass could have been either blue ice, a term used to describe sewage leaked form an aircraft lavatory, or a megacryometeor – an extremely large chunk of ice formed under unusual conditions. Similar incidents have been reported from the US and the UK too.
Fuente: Deccan Herald
P Naveen | TNN | Updated: Oct 20, 2016, 23:00 IST
BHOPAL: Almost ten months after an elderly tribal woman suffered a shoulder injury with a football-sized iced sewerage material that fell on her from the sky in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh, a Delhi based aviation investigator B K Srivastava claims to have identified the commercial plane which ‘leaked’ it. Besides Sagar, Srivastava has also zeroed in on two other commercial planes that apparently which dropped huge ice chunks while flying over state’s Harda district on April 5 and in West Bengal on October 13 this year where villagers took ‘selfies’ with it.
He has pled director general of civil aviation (DGCA) to either investigate these mid-air drops or share radar images with him to corroborate his own findings. Srivastava has sent a letter to the DGCA referring incidents reported from Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal asking them to get it investigated by air safety office. DGCA’s air safety headquarters is located in Kolkata.
Initially, he had a doubt that these ice chunks could be a ‘megacryometeor’ – extremely large atmospheric ice conglomerations that fall under blue-sky atmospheric conditions but he is sure that they were ‘blue Ice’ – a term used in aviation context for frozen sewage material leaked mid-flight from toilets of aircraft’s on the flight route.
“I am confident about my findings, but this has to be ascertained by the regulatory body. By going through geographical coordinates and radar images we can pin point the commercial air craft which dropped the ice-chunks lavatory materials while flying overhead,” claims Srivastava who has done extensive research on mysterious ice ball dropping from sky. Experts say waste leaking out of a lavatory is in a liquid form, but gets frozen because of low temperatures at height at which airplanes fly. There is a fall of roughly 2 degrees for every 1,000-foot elevation. However, chances of such a chunk of ice reaching the ground is remote although not unheard of.
Once DGCA detects the plane, the woman who got injured in Sagar is liable for receiving a huge compensation as the incident falls under the category of ‘aircraft accident’ which mandates compensation to a victim under Aircraft (Investigation of Accidents and Incidents) Rules, 2012, said Srivastava. He has more than 45 years of aviation experience in field of air traffic control, aircraft accident investigation, airport planning, airport management and airport obstacle survey.
December 17: When blue ice injured a woman in Sagar
It was touted as a rare, celestial occurrence in Sagar district’s Aamkhoh village on December 17, till aviation scientists claimed culprit was a commercial plane which dropped a ball of frozen poo and urine from its toilet. Perhaps it was the first incident in India, where a person suffered injuries due to fall of ice from a passing plane. Victim, Rajrani Gaud, is alive only because the 50 kg ice chunk crashed into the terrace edge of her house before hitting her. Sagar incident was located at geographical coordinates 23°14’03.39″N, 78°53’06.08″E, which lies just below air traffic services route (ATS) of A-791 (Karachi-Kolkata-Bangkok), where the aircraft at height could be seen flying regularly from East to West or West to East when the sky was clear.
April 5: People in Harda believed it was the wrath of god
Two huge ice chunks dropped at Nausar village in state’s Harda district. Though nobody was injured, there was panic among villagers, who believed it was their deity’s wrath for breaking an age old tradition. Parmanand Khodre was working at his farm when the ice ball, weighing 100 kg crashed at a neighbouring field around 11.45 pm with a thud. When another crashed after two minutes, he was drawn to the spot by anxiety. Many villagers who gathered at the spot felt the same. Some even took broken pieces home. This incident was located at geographical coordinates 22°28’24″N and 77°12’29″E.
October 13: Villagers in West Bengal took ‘selfies’ with the blue ice
A big blue coloured ice block weighing about 8 to 10 Kg fell in a house in ‘Pakdaha’ under Sashan police station in 24 Pargana district (WB) at around 7.30 am. The ice piece broke into pieces and started melting. A big crowd gathered to watch the incident and many people took selfies and photographs in their mobiles. The ice block liquefied after some time. Many people collected ice & liquid samples unaware of the fact that it could be a frozen human waste leak from passing plane. Officials from Geological Survey of India, collected the ice/ liquid samples for the purpose of getting them tested.
Geographical Coordinates of the incident site (Pakdaha) are found as 22°40’55″N, 088°34’12″E. This place is located to the East of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport Kolkata at a distance of about 10 Kms. Location of the site corresponds to the area where aircraft coming to land at Kolkata Airport from South (Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai etc.) are flying almost parallel to Runway 01R/19L before turning left for carrying out an ILS approach on Runway 19L.
Fuente: The Times of India