Airlines to be fined Rs 50,000 for ‘poop drop’

2/ 09/ 2018 de 6:19 | Publicado en Hielo azul, Hielo del fuselaje | Comentarios desactivados en Airlines to be fined Rs 50,000 for ‘poop drop’

Saurabh Sinha | TNN | Sep 2, 2018, 03:52 IST

NEW DELHI: Drop poop from flying planes and pay Rs 50,000 as fine [aprox. 604 euros]. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued this directive to all airlines and other players operating aircraft to, from and within India to comply with an order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT). However, in the same breath, the aviation regulator said it is impossible for flying aircraft to dump excreta and moved the green court to review its order due to which this directive had to be issued. Continue Reading Airlines to be fined Rs 50,000 for ‘poop drop’…


Researcher suggests ‘poopsicle’ theory for B.C. woman hit by falling feces

9/ 05/ 2018 de 4:36 | Publicado en Casuística, Hielo azul | Comentarios desactivados en Researcher suggests ‘poopsicle’ theory for B.C. woman hit by falling feces

Rob Young, with UBCO, says frozen feces could have formed on the outside of the plane

Carli BerryJun. 1, 2018 12:26 p.m. A “poopsicle” forming on a plane, then melting as the plane reached a lower altitude is one researcher’s suggestion on why a Kelowna woman was hit by, what she believes to be, falling feces a few weeks ago.

Kelowna resident Susan Allan said she was in her car with her son in the early afternoon of May 9. She was stopped at the street lights on Spall Road and Bernard Avenue when an unwelcome deluge covered her car and came through the open sunroof.

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‘Meteor’ that caused buzz turns out to be human waste discarded by airplane

20/ 01/ 2018 de 6:00 | Publicado en Casuística, Hielo azul | Comentarios desactivados en ‘Meteor’ that caused buzz turns out to be human waste discarded by airplane

Landed in Gurgaon village after falling out of aircraft; scientists were called in

Written by Sakshi Dayal | Gurgaon | Updated: January 21, 2018 1:34 pm

Human waste discarded mid-air by a passing aircraft led to some confusion — and comedy — at Gurgaon’s Fazilpur Badli village on Saturday. As the human waste landed in a field with a thud, many residents mistook it for a meteor and claimed it came “shooting out of the sky”. Not long after, a team of scientists rushed to the spot — only to confirm that it was, in fact, faeces.


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Mystery: Ice falls through Georgia home

2/ 02/ 2017 de 8:10 | Publicado en Casuística, Daños, Hielo azul, Materiales | Comentarios desactivados en Mystery: Ice falls through Georgia home

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 de 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

It’s raining poop! What to do if a plane drops human waste on your house

5/ 01/ 2017 de 6:11 | Publicado en Casuística, Hielo azul | Comentarios desactivados en It’s raining poop! What to do if a plane drops human waste on your house

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.

Fuente: KFOR

Woman says aircraft dumped human waste on her property

3/ 01/ 2017 de 6:15 | Publicado en Casuística, Hielo azul | Comentarios desactivados en Woman says aircraft dumped human waste on her property

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.
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Poop falling from skies in New Delhi!! NGT orders inspection

28/ 10/ 2016 de 7:59 | Publicado en Daños, Hielo azul, Hielo del fuselaje, Materiales, Personales | Comentarios desactivados en Poop falling from skies in New Delhi!! NGT orders inspection

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

Scientist identifies plane which dropped ‘blue ice’ on MP woman, wants DGCA to affirm

20/ 10/ 2016 de 6:08 | Publicado en Casuística, Daños, Hielo azul, Materiales, megacriometeoros, Personales | Comentarios desactivados en Scientist identifies plane which dropped ‘blue ice’ on MP woman, wants DGCA to affirm

| 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

It rains poop on Bengal village; plane leak likely

16/ 10/ 2016 de 6:58 | Publicado en Casuística, Hielo azul | Comentarios desactivados en It rains poop on Bengal village; plane leak likely

Shubhadeep Choudhury. Kolkata, October 14

A mysterious ice chunk dropping in a West Bengal village from the sky could be sewage leaked from the toilet of an aircraft that flew above the village.

“Most likely, the ice chunk is human waste leaked from the lavatory of an aircraft. We have sent the material for testing,” said Prabir Mondal, additional director general of Geological Survey of India (GSI). If the test results do prove the substance to be sewage leaking out of an aircraft, this will be the second such incident in the recorded history of aviation in India.

The first incident took place in December, when a 60-year-old woman suffered a shoulder injury after a football-sized chunk of ice fell on her from the sky in Sagar district of MP. Waste leaking out of the lavatory is in a liquid state but gets frozen because of the low temperatures of the altitude at which airplanes fly.

Bhaskar Mukherjee, Superintendent of Police of North 24 Parganas in West Bengal, said the ice chunk, blue in colour, came crashing down on the courtyard of a house in Pakdaha village in Shasan police station area  on Thursday morning. “A GSI team came and collected the sample. We are now waiting for a report from them”, Mukherjee said.

TV footage showed picture of the ice chunk taken by villagers with their mobile phone cameras. Live footage showed the ice — melted and transformed into blue water — kept in polythene bag by a villager. The blue colour comes from disinfectant used in the lavatories.

Fuente: The Tribune

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