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Canada: aviation authority denies responsibility for faeces that fell from sky Canada: aviation authority denies responsibility for faeces that fell from sky
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After a string of incidents in which human faeces fell from the sky in western Canada, the country’s aviation authority has denied any responsibility and told complainants that the matter is officially closed.After a string of incidents in which human faeces fell from the sky in western Canada, the country’s aviation authority has denied any responsibility and told complainants that the matter is officially closed.
Canada: anguished drivers say plane to blame for poo that fell from sky
The phenomenon was first reported in May by Susan Allan from the city of Kelowna, British Columbia, who described how a deluge of “lumpy poo” fell on her and her son through the open sunroof of her car as she waited at a traffic light.The phenomenon was first reported in May by Susan Allan from the city of Kelowna, British Columbia, who described how a deluge of “lumpy poo” fell on her and her son through the open sunroof of her car as she waited at a traffic light.
Since then, local newspapers in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories have logged at least 10 other incidents in which victims described a foul-smelling substance which fell from the sky.Since then, local newspapers in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories have logged at least 10 other incidents in which victims described a foul-smelling substance which fell from the sky.
Transport Canada, the country’s aviation authority, has received 18 reports of people and vehicles being drenched in the mysterious substance – but said that airplanes were not involved in any of them.Transport Canada, the country’s aviation authority, has received 18 reports of people and vehicles being drenched in the mysterious substance – but said that airplanes were not involved in any of them.
Allan said that the agency told her that while there were three planes in the area at the time, “no aircraft overflew the intersection noted during the time frame in question”, adding that “there were no malfunctions that would have caused the lavatory waste systems to leak” from any of the airlines.Allan said that the agency told her that while there were three planes in the area at the time, “no aircraft overflew the intersection noted during the time frame in question”, adding that “there were no malfunctions that would have caused the lavatory waste systems to leak” from any of the airlines.
Environmental scientists have suggested the splattering was the result of a “poopsicle” – the phenomenon that occurs when a leaking airplane lavatory ices over and then slowly melts as the plane descends.Environmental scientists have suggested the splattering was the result of a “poopsicle” – the phenomenon that occurs when a leaking airplane lavatory ices over and then slowly melts as the plane descends.
In an email, the agency told Allan it her considered the matter closed.In an email, the agency told Allan it her considered the matter closed.
The faecal matter falling from the sky did not contain blue colouration, a key an indication it came from a plane, Transport Canada told the Guardian in an email.The faecal matter falling from the sky did not contain blue colouration, a key an indication it came from a plane, Transport Canada told the Guardian in an email.
“The department’s review has concluded that these incidents do not meet the description of blue ice and are therefore not aviation-related.”“The department’s review has concluded that these incidents do not meet the description of blue ice and are therefore not aviation-related.”
The Kelowna international airport lists five daily flights arriving in a timeframe similar to the one provided by Allan, between 12.30 and 1.47pm.The Kelowna international airport lists five daily flights arriving in a timeframe similar to the one provided by Allan, between 12.30 and 1.47pm.
Allan remains convinced that a plane was the source. “When we looked up there was an airplane flying over us,” she said.Allan remains convinced that a plane was the source. “When we looked up there was an airplane flying over us,” she said.
A simple DNA test would provide a clear answer, said environmental scientist Robert Young, who added that the smell and the fact that the matter caused conjunctivitis strongly suggests it was faeces.A simple DNA test would provide a clear answer, said environmental scientist Robert Young, who added that the smell and the fact that the matter caused conjunctivitis strongly suggests it was faeces.
He said, while unlikely, is also also possible the faeces could have been caused by a large bird or series of birds.He said, while unlikely, is also also possible the faeces could have been caused by a large bird or series of birds.
‘It’s just a matter of identifying the perpetrator,” he said, adding that: “I don’t think this will be one of the great mysteries of the universe.”‘It’s just a matter of identifying the perpetrator,” he said, adding that: “I don’t think this will be one of the great mysteries of the universe.”
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