Residents in the vicinity of the Airport of Delhi claim that they get rained on by human faeces from passing aircraft
It is a bird, a plane, it’s poop?
People living in the vicinity of the Delhi Airport in India claim that the human excrement falls down on them from the sky, a problem that they reported almost two years ago. Now, the National Green Tribunal, the land of environment court wants to know whether the stool is indeed of human origin.
India Times reports that the NGT has asked a special committee to collect samples of the poop and test or of people or birds. The committee consists of representatives of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the Central Avian Research Institute and the Central Pollution Control Board.
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The DGCA is also planning to perform unannounced inspections of planes, as they land to make sure their toilet tanks are not emptied prior to arrival.
Last year, after complaints from residents, the NGT held that if a plane was found to the dumping of human waste in the air, they would be charged an environmental fee of Rs 50,000 (about $775 USD), the Times reports.
In January 2016, BBC reported that a woman was hit by a football-sized piece of “blue ice,” the name given to the frozen human waste from planes that occasionally forms around the overflow outlets, which can break off and fall to the earth. The blue of the chemicals added to plane toilets to the emissions of odor and break down the waste.
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According to the Federal Aviation Administration website, the blue ice will usually break up and melt before hitting the ground. As far as the dumping of the aircraft toilets, the air, the website says: “The crew, do not dump wastewater in flight because the waste valve is located on the outside of the aircraft and only ground crew can operate the valve.”