Where's the poop from?
Transport Canada says it's reviewing recent reports of poo falling from the sky.
A Kelowna woman and her son were stopped at the intersection of Bernard Avenue and Spall Road on May 9th when what appeared to be human waste, mixed with chemicals fell through the sunroof of her vehicle. Shortly afterward she was told by her doctor that she'd acquired pink eye.
Transport Canada says it's reviewing Canadian Aviation Regulations to see if any laws have been broken. Specifically, a section called "dropping of objects" which reads, "No person shall create a hazard to persons or property on the surface by dropping an object from an aircraft in flight."
From Transport Canada:
‘Frozen lavatory waste is referred to as “blue ice.” Aircraft that have washroom facilities onboard are equipped with an enclosed sewage holding tank that is designed to be emptied at special facilities at airports. It is possible that a valve malfunctions and allows some leakage of the tank's content. If this happens, the liquid seeping from valves freezes and adheres to the outside of the aircraft when the aircraft is flying at high altitudes. As the aircraft starts its decent and the atmosphere gets warmer, the ice will start to melt and pieces will detach themselves from the aircraft. These pieces of ice will either melt or remain in their solid state before hitting the ground.’
3 total complaints of falling poo were reported in Kelowna. Other similar incidents have been detailed in Abbotsford and at a highway rest stop headed to Williams Lake.
Transport Canada says no information has been substantiated, but an airline could be subject to punishment if sewage was dropped.