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Formation Of Ice Under KLM's 737 Window?  
User currently offlineGoMEA From France, joined Jan 2004, 206 posts, RR: 7
Posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2963 times:

I have a friend who was on a 737 from AMS to BEY a few months ago, and she was seated at a window seat. It must have been either a 734 or a 738.

She said that under the window, part of the plastic covering the fuselage was broken and there was a big chunk of ice (20cmx10cm).

Is that normal? Is there really some ice under the plastic that we don't see? Was there a problem?

Any help would be appreciated as she's so freaked out of KLM now!

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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6291 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2841 times:

I doubt it. Ice typically forms ON the window- littly pretty crystals. But not a big chunk under the plastic trim.
I bet I know what she saw... the foil on the insulation is shiney, and I could see how it would LOOK LIKE ice.
But otherwise, I can think of no way for any amount of water to be retained there to form ice- it would have melted on the ground. And run into the belly of the plane, too, come to think of it.
Merry Christmas!

User currently offlineHisham From Lebanon, joined Aug 1999, 701 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2700 times:

I've taken this photo with ice covering the fuselage. A pilot told me that this is not a problem because it doesn't affect the controls of the aircraft. All the critical parts of the aircraft have anti-freeze systems.

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User currently offlineGoMEA From France, joined Jan 2004, 206 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2576 times:

No, just to clarify.

I wasn't talking about the little crystals but ice in the region just above the feet... where the plastic was off.


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