Transport Canada says it wasn’t feces from the sky in Kelowna

The department has been investigating reports of frozen lavatory waste falling from the sky

Transport Canada says a substance that fell from the sky and onto vehicles and people in two British Columbia communities was not human feces from aircraft, but one woman believes the foul-smelling material that landed in her eyes had to be excrement.

The department has been investigating reports last month of frozen lavatory waste, called “blue ice,” possibly falling from planes in Kelowna and Abbotsford.

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It said in a statement that staff have reviewed details provided by the public, assessed local radar data and followed up with aircraft operators and local airports to conclude that the substance did not come from passing planes.

“The department’s review has concluded that these incidents do not meet the description of blue ice and are therefore not aviation related.”

Blue ice incidents are very rare and are so named because of a distinct blue liquid used to disinfect human waste from washrooms in an aircraft’s holding tank, which could leak before the frozen material melts and falls off the plane, the statement said.

Susan Allan, 53, said she can’t believe the smelly bluish-grey substance that fell into her eyes from the open sunroof of her car on May 9 wasn’t human excrement.

It also fell onto her 21-year-old son Travis Sweet’s face, who was a passenger in the vehicle in Kelowna and described the substance as “freezing cold,” she said.

Allan said she was diagnosed with conjunctivitis in both eyes and was prescribed eye drops.

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What appeared to be excrement also fell on a red car near her, Allan said, adding she and her son went to a car wash to spray themselves off before she called the airport and was told Transport Canada would look into what happened.

“It was a beautiful day, it was pure blue sky and if I had looked up and seen a flock of birds it would have been a different story. All that was there was an airplane and by the time we looked up it was already going over top of the golf course,” she said.

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Transport Canada said that in rare cases, an aircraft’s holding tank carrying human waste can leak before it is pumped into a tanker truck on the ground.

At high altitudes with low temperature, the leakage could freeze on the outside of an aircraft, it said. As the aircraft descends and temperatures decrease, the blue ice melts and pieces may detach themselves from a plane and either melt or remain in their solid state before hitting the ground.

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“I know what happened to us and I’m not going to give up until somebody does something,” Allan said, crying, adding she has contacted Transport Canada to say she disagrees with its findings.

“I’ve had people laughing, people making fun of me. I’m sure it’s going to get way worse now when they think, ‘Ha ha, see, Stupid. It’s not true.’ But it is true and it’s making me mad that I can’t prove it.”

The Canadian Press

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