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
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.
Hannah Clive and George Odling
A chunk of ice “the size of a breezeblock” fell from a plane on Tuesday morning onto a road in Sheen.
Hannah Clive, 40, witnessed the ice narrowly miss parked cars in Alexandra Road at about 10.45am and said the block landed with a loud bang.
The musician and writer, who is the daughter of the late actor and author John Clive, told the Richmond and Twickenham Times: “I was sitting there talking with my mother on the phone and interrupted her saying ‘mum, something just fell out of the sky’.”
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.
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. Continue Reading Huge ice block falls from the sky onto Whittier woman’s Escort…
Published: 22nd Jul 2010 14:11:01.
A huge block of ice believed to have fallen from an aircraft crashed through the roof of a property in West Sussex as the homeowners slept.
Vince Foot and his wife were in bed when the ice smashed a 2ft (0.6m) hole in the roof at Summerdale Court, Chichester, just before 0200 BST.
Tiles and debris were strewn 30ft (9.1m) as the massive block landed in the couple’s spare bedroom.
Published: 15th Jun 2010 19:12:36. A lump of ice, believed to have fallen from a passing plane, has smashed through the windscreen of a car in Devon.
Kenneth Hendy’s car was parked near his home in Mount Gould Avenue, Plymouth, when the incident happened.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said ice can gather on aircraft flying at altitude then drop off as the plane descends.
Mr Hendy said it was a “miracle” he was not killed.
The 71-year-old had just gone into his house after picking up his daughter when the block of ice – about the size of a rugby ball – crashed through the windscreen of his Volvo.
Impact stuns couple, who find 2-foot hole in roof
By MIKE BLASKY
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. Feb. 03, 2010
Penny White was looking at her reflection in the bathroom mirror Tuesday about 8:30 a.m., getting ready for the day, when she felt it: “It went kaaaabooom!” demonstrated Penny, 75, flailing her arms and imitating the house shaking. “Me and Bill both looked at each other at the same time and said, ‘What in the hell was that?'”
Penny’s husband, Bill White, quickly walked outside their Henderson house on Beaconwood Street, near Green Valley Parkway and the Las Vegas Beltway, where a neighbor directed him to the source of the commotion: a 2 1/2-foot hole in the roof of his garage, surrounded by chunks of ice.
Bill, 69, retrieved a ladder to investigate. When he looked into the hole in his one-story house, he said he knew right away what had happened: A block of ice, about 30 or 40 pounds, had fallen from an airplane and plowed almost completely through his roof.
“From the size of the hole, you knew no one could have thrown it up here,” he said. “It was big, and it was coming fast.”
(AP) – Nov 18, 2009
BRUSH, Colo. — A basketball-sized chunk of ice crashed through the roof of a family’s Colorado home after apparently falling from an airplane passing overhead. Danelle Hagan and her 9-year-old daughter were at home in Brush on Saturday when they heard the kitchen ceiling come crashing down. They were not injured.
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El pedazo, que cayó presumiblemente desde las alas de un avión, perforó el techo de la vivienda, sin causar lesiones a sus cuatro ocupantes.
Ricardo Ruiz, El Mercurio Online Miércoles 15 de Abril de 2009 21:55
LOS ANDES.- Un trozo de hielo, que presumiblemente cayó desde las alas de un avión comercial, provocó daños en una vivienda de la población Bicentenario de Los Andes, además del susto de los cuatro moradores.
Continue Reading Chile: trozo de hielo cae sobre una casa en Los Andes…