By Laura Kemp • 20 October 2021 • 12:42
Plane splatters man in garden with human waste. Image: Pixabay
A man in his garden in Windsor was “splattered in a very unpleasant way” when a plane dropped human waste, a council meeting has heard.
Speaking to The Royal Borough Of Windsor & Maidenhead’s aviation forum, councillor Karen Davies said she was “horrified” to hear of the incident.
The councillor explained how his “whole garden, and garden umbrellas, and him” were all “covered” in the waste.
The release had happened “fairly centrally” to Windsor in July.
The special sewage tanks on planes are usually disposed of once the plane has landed.
The councillor for Clewer East said: “I know a number of incidents happen every year with frozen sewage from planes, but this wasn’t frozen and his whole garden was splattered in a very unpleasant way.”
“He was out in the garden at the time, so a really horrible, horrible experience.”
She added: “Hopefully it never happens again to any of our residents.”
John Bowden, the councillor for Eton & Castle, called it a “one in a billion chance,” suggesting that the warm weather meant the waste could have “come out as a more ‘fluidy’ item.”
Whitfield parish councillor Geoff Paxton, who has worked at airports for 40 years said that it is a “very rare” incident that has not been seen in a long time.
He said: “We used to have problems with blue ice [frozen human waste and disinfectant] on arrivals but that was because those toilets used to leak.”
Vacuum toilets in modern aircraft are much more secure, he explained.
However, when there was less pressure below 6,000ft [1,829m], “it could well be that something came out of the vent at low altitude.”
Resident Andrew Hall, who attended the meeting virtually said water companies were fined “millions” for discharging sewage into rivers, and “when an aircraft dispatches it onto people’s heads I think that’s more heinous, frankly.”
Councillor Davis said that the resident was not pursuing an insurance claim.
“Obviously he wasn’t going to do that for the sake of a couple of garden umbrellas, in terms of bumping up his premium, so he’s just sort of had to take it on the chin,” she said.
The name of the airline has not been shared with the media, though Ms Davies claims it was “based a very long way away from here.”
She also said that the resident had contacted the airline and they had denied its plane was in the Windsor area, however, they later confirmed it was when the resident used a route tracking app to identify the aircraft.
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