Ice the size of bowling ball smashes through roof after falling from plane

Ice the size of bowling ball smashes through roof after falling from plane


A man has told how he had a lucky escape after a piece of ice the size of a bowling ball smashed through his conservatory after falling from an aeroplane.

Jeff Scriven, 56, said he was working from home when he heard an "almighty bang", before finding the ice - and bits of the glass roof - smashed into pieces on the floor.

According to The Sun, he said: "I couldn't comprehend what it was. It's just lucky no one was in there at the time.

"There was glass everywhere, it had shattered a 6ft by 2.5ft double-glazed panel in the roof."

Ice the size of bowling ball smashes through roof after falling from plane


According to the Daily Mail, he added: "It is clearly an ice ball - it was the size of a bowling ball - and I believe it came from a plane.

"I could not imagine where else it could have come from. We get a lot of planes overhead but we don't normally hear them, just see them."

It is thought chunks of ice like this are probably frozen rainwater or toilet waste, which fall from planes as they fly overhead.

The Civil Aviation authority sent Mr Scriven a letter to say the incident had been logged, but that it was unlikely the airline responsible would be identified.

The damage to the conservatory was in the thousands, said the father of two.

It's not the first such a thing has happened in the UK. Back in August, a ball of ice dropped from a passenger plane and crashed through the roof of a couple's bungalow before shattering across the living room floor.

It was thought to have plummeted from an aeroplane thousands of feet above Paul and Deirdre Walker's bungalow in Firs Avenue, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

The frozen mass, the size of a medicine ball, punched a hole around a foot in diameter through their tiled roof and the plastered ceiling below before smashing across the carpet.

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