BHOPAL: A 60-year-old suffered a shoulder injury after a football-sized chunk of ice fell on her from the sky in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh on December 17.
What was touted as a rare, celestial occurrence in the district’s Aamkhoh village, has now grabbed attention of aviation scientists, who believe the culprit could have been a commercial plane which unintentionally dropped a ball of frozen poo and urine from its toilet.
Experts said this was perhaps be the first incident in India in which a person was injured due to falling ice from a passing plane. Eyewitnesses claimed that the victim, Rajrani Gaud, is alive only because the ice chunk crashed into the edge of a terrace of a house before hitting her.
“I was only 25 feet away from the spot where the monster came crashing down. Children and villagers witnessed the fall and then heard screams. We ran to wards Rajrani’s house and referred her to hospital,” Deepak Jain, a government school teacher in Aamkhoh village, told TOI. “The ice ball hit the roof first. Other wise, it would have smashed her skull,” he said.
It could have either been “blue ice” (a term used in aviation for frozen sew age leaked mid-flight from an aircraft’s lavatory waste system) or a megacryometeor (an extremely large chunk of ice formed under unusual atmospheric conditions). An aviation expert said the waste leaking out of a lavatory is in a liquid state but gets frozen because of the low temperatures at the height at which airplanes fly-there is a fall of roughly 2 degrees for every 1,000-feet elevation. However, the chances of such a chunk of ice reaching the ground is remote although not unheard of.
If it was blue ice, the incident will be termed an aircraft accident and the victim will be entitled to compensation under the Aircraft (Investigation of Accidents and Incidents) Rules, 2012, said an expert.
However, the district administration did not bother to investigate the incident. It was not officially reported too. District collector AK Singh said he did not get it investigated as he thought it was a rumour. But Bimal Kumar Srivastava, a Delhi-based aviation consultant who has been working on blue icefalls, took it seriously and reported the matter to the director general of civil aviation and the director general of the India Meteorological Department. He got to know about the icefall from a Hindi daily which had termed it a mysterious incident.
Fuente: The Times of India
By Mike James on August 24, 2015 12:13pm
Susan Cebula lives on George St. and was getting her lawnmower out around 10:20am, when she says she heard a strange noise.
“All of a sudden I heard a ‘woosh’ and a ‘thump’,” says Cebula. “And I looked around and all I could see was this ice, it had just fallen, and there’s no one else out in the back around anywhere.”
The 49-year-old says the piece of ice is cloudy white with air holes in the center. She’s since put the ice in her freezer and isn’t quite sure who to call about the mystery.
Meantime, Geoff Coulson with Environment Canada doesn’t see anything that leads him to believe that it’s weather related.
“Nothing that would really account for a piece of ice falling out of the sky,” says Coulson. “We don’t have any real thunderstorm activity or strong storms that would be capable of producing something like a large hail stone.”
CLARKSTON, Wash. –
A 92-year-old woman narrowly escaped injury late Monday night when a large chunk of ice fell from the sky and crashed through her roof just seconds after she had moved away from where it came in. There were no injuries, but the ice left a gaping hole in the woman’s home, which is located in the 1300 block of Maple Street in Clarkston. The incident caused considerable damage, officials say. Continue Reading Woman narrowly escapes injury when ice chunk crashes through roof…
MOXEE, WA – Everyone is looking for ways to beat the heat, but giant ice cubes falling from the sky probably isn’t your first choice to stay cool; one family came home to a bizarre surprise in their house.
Homeowner Dwaine Morrison was in shock to come home and find a giant chunk of ice in his closet, “I mean it was just covered with insulation from the hole and I was just in disbelief I mean you randomly hear about things like this but to actually have it happen is another story.”
Morrison and his wife were at a baseball game, when their daughter called, saying ice was raining from the sky.
Megacryometeor lands in Ravenswood Manor barely missing cat tree in man’s living room.
By Lorraine Swanson (Patch Staff). January 9, 2015 at 9:15am
A Chicago man arrived home from work on Tuesday evening only to discover three bowling ball-size chunks of ice in his living room and a freaked out cat.
Continue Reading Chunk of Ice Falls From Sky Mysteriously Crashing Through Chicago Man’s Ceiling…
Rich Ascani of Dallas said he was at his mother’s house in Exeter when he heard the ice falling and then crashing into some bushes right next to him.
Ascani couldn’t figure out where it came from. He figures it must have come from a plane passing overhead. He said it looked like the ice was frozen around something. He’s just glad it didn’t hit him or someone else. He said it was falling really fast.
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I never really thought much of Friday the 13th. To me it’s just another typical day. Well at least I thought so….First the toilet over flows, then my black cat gets stuck under the house and now…The sky is falling!!!
I am a resident in the Woodlands area in Walnut Creek. At 11:32 on Friday while sitting outside in my back yard I heard a large bang on my roof then a splash in the pool. Not sure what it was I immediately went to look at the pool to see what just landed in it. To my surprise, I find a baseball sized piece of ice floating in my pool which had fallen from the sky.
Fortunately, no major damage was done to the home.
Happy to hear it didn’t land on somebody’s head.
Anybody else see an ice chunk fall from the sky on Friday?
In June of this year, KTVU reported on an ice falling incident in Fremont. Click HERE to read more about that story.
In their June story, KTVU said “Scientists say there have been 40 cases worldwide in the last 13 years of ice plunging from the sky and not directly linked to airplanes. The name given to them is “megacryometeors;” hail-like ice that forms without a thunderstorm.”
Sometimes the ice chunks are from aircraft lavatories, although those are blue, not clear and white like the one pictured above.
Published: July 9, 2012 at 8:58 PM
BRENTWOOD, England, July 9 (UPI) — A British Roman Catholic priest said a chunk of ice believed to be from an airplane fell through the roof of a cathedral during a service.
The Rev. James MacKay said he was leading the Eucharistic prayer July 1 at the Cathedral Church of St. Mary and St. Helen in Brentwood, England, when he heard a sound like an “explosion,” the BBC reported Monday.
“Everything stopped as we heard this. I turned to my left to see lots of slate and what looked like white stuff, which we now know was ice, falling from the roof,” MacKay said. “I was trembling with a bit of shock. After a couple of seconds of shocked pause I said ‘right, let’s crack on’ and we did so.”
The Civil Aviation Authority said there are about 30 reports of ice falling from aircraft each year.
“Ice falling from planes does not happen that often — it can happen around hose connections and if washers fail,” a CAA spokesman said. “You can have a big lump of ice come off an aircraft as it descends into warmer air.”
MacKay said the damage to the roof and beams of the cathedral, which was finished in 1991, cost hundreds of dollars to repair.
Henry K. Lee
Updated 09:49 a.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2012
(06-11) 22:26 PDT FREMONT — A chunk of ice that tore through the roof of a Fremont home Sunday evening may have plunged from an airplane, authorities said Monday.
The basketball-size piece of ice landed on a home on Wichitaw Drive in the Warm Springs neighborhood about 6 p.m., shaking the house, the homeowner told police. Continue Reading Chunk of ice from sky slams into Fremont home…
Published 06:55 a.m., Thursday, June 14, 2012
EDGEWOOD — The sky wasn’t falling in Edgewood last week, but pardon Sam Edmon if he might have felt that way after a massive chunk of ice came crashing through his home.
Edmon was in bed around 11 p.m. on June 4 and heard what he thought was an explosion. He got up and checked the house but didn’t find anything unusual.
That is, until the next morning when he realized there was a hole in his roof that led all the way to his front hall closet.
“Probably a hole about 8 inches (in diameter),” Edmon said. “I come back into the house, open the closet (and) there’s insulation everywhere, soaking wet.”
He also found chunks of ice, and he thinks they fell from a plane.
He did save some of the ice in his fridge as evidence.
A representative with the FAA says it could have been rime ice, which forms on the wing of an airplane when there is high humidity amid cold and windy conditions at high altitudes. When the plane starts to descend, the ice comes off.
Edmond says the FAA told him there were no planes flying overhead at the time of the incident.
His repair bill is just under $1,000 to fix it, but he’s glad no one was injured.
And this wasn’t the first bit of bad luck Edmon has had in the house. In 1984 a piece of an airplane engine landed in his back yard. And in a completely separate incident, the house burned also burned down and needed to be completely rebuilt.