Chunk of ice that ‘could have come from a plane’ falls from sky and crashes through car’s windscreen26/ 07/ 2016 en 7:08 | Publicado en Casuística, Daños, Hielo azul, Hielo del fuselaje, Materiales | Comentarios desactivados en Chunk of ice that ‘could have come from a plane’ falls from sky and crashes through car’s windscreen
- Rome police are investigating after the car sustained significant damage
- Italian media said the ice chunk weighed 45lbs and fell from the sky
- The car’s windscreen, front passenger seats and gearbox were destroyed
By Chris Kitching for MailOnline
Published: 13:39 GMT, 28 July 2016 | Updated: 13:40 GMT, 28 July 2016
Investigators say a chunk of ice that fell from the sky and crashed through a car’s windscreen may have come from an aeroplane as it flew over Rome.
Called an ‘ice meteorite’ by Italian media, the falling object weighed almost 45lbs and left the car’s owner with a hefty repair bill, according to reports.
People who live nearby said they heard a loud bang and looked outside to see the parked car, a Toyota Aygo, with significant damage.
The car was unoccupied and no one was injured in Tuesday night’s bizarre incident in Rome’s Monteverde area.
Investigators think the chunk of ice may have formed when liquid leaked from a plane flying overhead, The Local reported.
It destroyed the car’s windscreen, front passenger seats and gearbox.
The car’s owner, Fabiola Nacci, told Rome newspaper Il Messaggero: ‘I went onto the balcony of my boyfriend’s house at 10pm and noticed what I thought was a white plastic bag on the front seat of my car, which I hadn’t left there.’
She went down and realised ice had gone through the car’s window.
Il Messaggero, which published photos of the damage, said police collected samples for testing and could charge the plane’s owner with aviation safety violations if it is confirmed the ice came from a plane.
In the meantime, Nacci is without a car.
She said: ‘The repairs will cost me about half of the Aygo’s current value.’
Ice falls from aircraft are considered to be extremely rare, with around 25 reported every year in the UK, said the Civil Aviation Authority.
Some incidents occur when ice forms naturally on an aircraft at higher altitudes and breaks off as the plane descends, it said.
The Federal Aviation Administration in the US said a plane’s lavatory holding tank or drain tube can occasionally leak wastewater that will freeze once it hits the outside air at a high altitude.
The discoloured ice is usually called ‘blue ice’ because a blue chemical is added in some tanks to deodorise the water and break down solid waste.
The FAA said: ‘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.’
Pilots are unable to dump wastewater in flight because aircraft waste valves are located on the exterior and can only be operated by ground crew, the FAA said.