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Subject: Ice falls from plane and hits man

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/08/09 at 4:13 pm

A Bristol man has described how he was hit by a block of ice which fell from an aeroplane as he sat in his garden.

David Gammon lives under the flight path for Bristol International Airport.

He said: "We heard a plane going overhead and then a whistling sound and all of a sudden a piece of ice the size of a grapefruit fell on my thigh."

Mr Gammon, 76, is bruised but recovering. Bristol International said there was no proof the ice had fallen from a plane using the airport.

In a statement, the airport said: "Bristol International will provide all possible support to the Civil Aviation Authority in the investigation of this matter.

"However, variables such as aircraft height, wind strength, air temperature and other factors indicate that the ice could have come from any aircraft overflying within approximately five miles.

"This includes inbound transatlantic flights to Heathrow, flights to Germany and northern Europe and aircraft flying to or from Bristol International."

"I've been told that if it had hit my head, I would no longer be with you," Mr Gammon added.


Subject: Re: Ice falls from plane and hits man

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 07/15/09 at 2:54 am

I read once about a guy getting hit by a piece of ice from a plane and it turned out that it was the plane disposing of it's chemical toilet contents.  8-P

I guess the above guy was luckier then he realizes.  ;)

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