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
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 TERESA ANN BOECKEL
Daily Record/Sunday News
Updated: 01/27/2010 07:20:03 AM EST
It was plain atmospheric ice — known as a megacryometeor — that crashed through Perry and Mary Ann Foster’s York Township home and hit her on the head in the fall of 2008.
That’s what York College professor Bill Kreiger determined after studying the pieces of ice that the Fosters gave him to research what it was. Continue Reading Ice chunk that crashed through home was atmospheric ice…
Un hombre de Bristol, ha descrito la forma en que fue golpeado por un bloque de hielo que el 5 de julio de 2009 cayó de un avión cuando él estaba sentado en su jardín. Continue Reading Cae hielo del cielo y golpea a un hombre…
Reported by: Ben Russell. Last Update: 10/09 7:00 am
A York Township woman is lucky to be alive after a piece from a six-pound block of ice fell from the sky, crashed through her roof and struck her on her forehead Wednesday morning.
“It’s the weirdest thing that ever happened in my life,” Mary Ann Foster said.
Foster was lying in her bed when, around 5:30 a.m., the incident happened.
She called out to her husband to ask if he had heard anything.
“I think something weird happened upstairs,” Foster said.
“You better go up and check it out.” Continue Reading Ice crashes through home…
MODESTO, Calif. — A Modesto 10-year-old was injured Monday morning when a chunk of ice fell from the sky, crashed through the family’s roof and struck the boy on the head as he sat watching television.”My son was right there in the living room watching TV, and all of a sudden, I heard this bang, and I looked to the side and there’s a thing coming through the roof. My son just popped up and ran outside, and I ran outside with him, and my mom came out of the room and she got everybody else out,” said the boy’s mother.”I thought someone was shooting at us,” Carlos said.Authorities are in touch with the Federal Aviation Administration to find out where the bowling ball-sized chuck of ice came from. Modesto city firefighters patched a portion of the roof to cover the hole.
Fuente: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/13934076/detail.html# (20/08/2007)