Huge ice block falls from the sky onto Whittier woman’s Escort

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By Venusse Navid, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/19/2011 06:56:17 PM PST

WHITTIER – Chicken Little she’s not. But when a huge chunk of ice deplaned from a passing jumbo jet on Sunday, it deposited itself right on the hood of Grace Caiazza’s 1999 Ford Escort in the 8300 block of Vicki Drive.

Now she faces an estimated $2,000 in damages and is looking for the responsible airline.

Caiazza, 71, was home at 5 p.m. that afternoon when she and her daughter, Anna Caiazza, 39, heard what sounded like a car crash in front of their house.

The mother and daughter rushed out to discover large pieces of shattered ice strewn across the front lawn and on top of the Ford Escort.

Grace Caiazza discovered a massive dent on the hood of her vehicle with numerous spider cracks in the windshield.

Pico Rivera Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene and Caiazza was issued a supplementary loss report.

Next, the disabled great-grandmother, breast cancer survivor and former reverend contacted the Federal Aviation Administration and filed a complaint.

“We have assigned this incident to an inspector from the FAA’s Flight Standards District Office. The inspector will review radar data to see if an aircraft flew over the house around the time the event occurred,” said Ian Gregor, communications manager for the FAA’s Western-Pacific Region.

Caiazza said the FAA was very helpful and concerned with her situation.

This was not the first time she had experienced this rare event. In 1984, she and her

husband were living in the same house when they heard something fall in the back yard.

They saw a large piece of shattered ice spread along their back lawn.

There were no damages and the incident went unreported.

“I thought this was a once-in-a-blue-moon incident,” Caiazza said.

In 2008, a block of ice weighing 80 to 100 pounds fell 9,000 to 10,000 feet smashing the roof of Lupe Murillo’s house on Myron Street in Pico Rivera, snapping rafters in half and making a 3-foot hole in the ceiling.

Whittier lies in an aircraft flight path on approach to Los Angeles International Airport.

“It’s rare, but not unheard of, for ice to fall from a plane. I can recall a couple of cases here in the L.A. area during the past five years. I have never heard of anyone being injured or killed by falling ice,” Gregor said.

“When these events occur, it’s not a matter of a plane lacking de-icing equipment. Ice builds up on an aircraft’s exterior when there is a small leak in a lavatory or galley. As the plane descends, the air warms up and the ice melts and falls,” he said.

Caiazza said she visited Eckles Auto Body in Whittier and said mechanics were astonished at the vehicle’s damage, which they estimated at $2,000.

Her insurance company, MetLife, will pay to fix the vehicle, but Caiazza said she will be stuck with a $500 deductible.

“I’m hoping to find out which airline dropped this piece of ice onto my vehicle and have them refund my monetary losses,” she said.

Caiazza is worried because the 8300 block of Vicki Drive is primarily made up of senior citizens and families.

“Now I’m more concerned with planes flying over my house because this is the second time this has happened in 27 years. I feel uneasy because next time it could seriously injure a human,” she said.

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