NZblue From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 635 posts, RR: 3 Posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7298 times:
Airplane's Toilet Ice Crashes Garden Party
Mon Sep 6, 9:50 PM ET
GRAZ, Austria - It was an inelegant intruder on a sunny afternoon: a chunk of ice from a jetliner toilet that broke free and slammed into an Austrian family's garden.
No one was injured when the ice tumbled from the sky Sunday afternoon in Graz, about 120 miles south of Vienna, authorities said. The fragment bore deep into the soil in the garden, where the unidentified family was enjoying a lazy summer afternoon.
Police said the 6-inch ice ball almost certainly came from an airliner toilet, judging from its blue color and its odor. They did not elaborate.
Thank goodness no one was hurt! Could you imagine having to be the one to type in "Airplane Toilet Ice" as the cause of death on a Death Certificate?! Imagine having to explain that one to mourning family and friends.
I've heard of very sparse reports of lav ice falling from aircraft, but does this kind of thing happen often?
Thought I'd post this for a chuckle or discussion!
It's an entirely different kind of flying; all together.
Av8trxx From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 657 posts, RR: 7 Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7011 times:
I remember a woman in the news once who found some "blue ice" and thought it was a meteor so she put it in her freezer to save it for the news! Duh. Boeing put out a training viedo about blue ice some years back after American lost an angine due to a chronic leak. (The freezing and expansion of the water that ran back along the fuselage fatigued the metal on the #3 engine mount http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/GenPDF.asp?id=LAX85IA206&rpt=fi) Apparently it happens too often considering that 'no leak is the only acceptable one'. One rather sizable chunk flattened a cars roof on the tape. It usually happens under the major arrival routes as frozen leaks start to melt and break free as the plane descends. The video mentioned more than a dozen reports of it in Long Island, NY in one year....yucko.
Ua777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 12 Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6766 times:
I can't recall if it was a fake or if it was real. It was an older picture, black and white. It was of a family room's roof crashed in b/c of an ice block, later idenifyed as a "poop block", in this family's house. Funny to see. Now I know there is a special hose that is hooked up to the a/c that discards the waste, can this come undone in flight?
I saw the song CEO guy doing the ground crew job and he took the business out. Not a fun job. Talk about taking a customer's $hit.
September11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 22 Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6750 times:
very rare but very interesting story indeed. this has happened several times in the past - every situation in different ways. I find it hard for me to ignore "Airplane Toilet Ice" stories, lol... Yes 420!
LastBaron From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 290 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6740 times:
Actaully, there is one of these stories in the press about once a year at least. And strangely, always Boeing aircraft, it would seem....hmmmm.... just could be an indication that those planes really do know what they're made of/full of!?
Av8trxx From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 657 posts, RR: 7 Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6684 times:
"Now I know there is a special hose that is hooked up to the a/c that discards the waste, can this come undone in flight? "
Yes, it's hooked up while on the ground. The dump hose is attatched to the lav truck and is not part of the airplane so it cannot come undone in flight. The cap to the drain valve is subject to leaks and that is where the problem occurs.
Also, the culprit aircraft is rarely identified, so how can one be sure it was a Boeing???? In my day I have dumped Airbus, Boeing, MD & Lockheed and they can all leak if the plug seal from the waste tank to the drain line is bad and there is no secondary stopper at the drain valve opening (or it leaks too).
Av8trxx From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 657 posts, RR: 7 Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6443 times:
LOL...Is it possible? Yes, when there is a leak in the lavatory system. Obviously, blue ice is by no means an intentional dumping of lav waste. 'Technically', the tolerance for leaks is zero. 'Legally' most airline maintenance proceedures specify that if a dump chute is found to be leaking (usually evidenced by streaks of blue colorant along the fuselage) it must be fixed or the toilet drained and taken out of service until it can be repaired.