If you think you’re having a rough day, spare a thought for a man minding his own business in his garden only to be covered by faeces falling from the sky.
The man, a resident of Windsor in England, experienced the unfortunate incident in July, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s aviation forum heard earlier this month.
Karen Davies, ward councillor for Clewer East, told the forum normally sewage from planes was frozen but this was not the case in this instance.
“His whole garden was splattered in a very unpleasant way,” she said.
“He was out in the garden at the time. So (he) had a really horrible experience with the whole garden and garden umbrellas and him all being covered in this which is absolutely dreadful.”
Cr Davies, who was “horrified” by the incident, added the man followed up with the local council’s environmental health department.
He also spoke with Heathrow Airport, the Civil Aviation Authority and the airline about the matter.
The councillor hopes it never happens again.
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Whitfield parish councillor Geoff Paxton, who has worked with airlines for 40 years, told the forum the incident was "so rare".
“The modern aircraft have vacuum toilets and they have a very secure system,” he said.
“I would think it was either aircraft fault or someone actually hadn’t finished servicing it correctly.”
The airline initially denied flying to Heathrow but later admitted it was a regular cargo flight and had flown over the man’s home, Cr Davies said.
Cr Davies said an app determined which aircraft it was.
She hopes it’s “a totally freak one-off accident”.
There have been other incidents of poo falling from planes in England. Thankfully, the poo was frozen in most reports, unlike the Windsor man’s experience.
Lisa Boyd, from Portsmouth, told The Portsmouth News in June she found a lump of ice outside her house after hearing “a big whirring noise and huge thud”.
She added she thought someone had crashed their scooter and when the ice was melted there were faeces.
Her neighbour, Louise Browne, told the paper she too found frozen poo outside her home and said it was about half-a-metre in size.
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