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Formation Of Ice Under KLM's 737 Window?

Wed Dec 15, 2004 10:54 pm

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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RE: Formation Of Ice Under KLM's 737 Window?

Thu Dec 16, 2004 12:16 am

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.
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RE: Formation Of Ice Under KLM's 737 Window?

Thu Dec 16, 2004 2:20 am

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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RE: Formation Of Ice Under KLM's 737 Window?

Thu Dec 16, 2004 5:09 am

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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