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‘Meteor’ that caused buzz turns out to be human waste discarded by airplane

Landed in Gurgaon village after falling out of aircraft; scientists were called in

Written by Sakshi Dayal | Gurgaon | Updated: January 21, 2018 1:34 pm
National Green Tribunal, NGT, Gurgaon meteor buzz, Meteor, India Meteorological Department, Haryana Urban Development Authority, NDMA, delhi news  At Gurgaon’s Fazilpur Badli village, Saturday. (Express Photo by Manoj Kumar)

Human waste discarded mid-air by a passing aircraft led to some confusion — and comedy — at Gurgaon’s Fazilpur Badli village on Saturday. As the human waste landed in a field with a thud, many residents mistook it for a meteor and claimed it came “shooting out of the sky”. Not long after, a team of scientists rushed to the spot — only to confirm that it was, in fact, faeces.

The incident comes 10 days after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to issue circulars to all airlines reiterating its December 20, 2016, order. The order had emphasised that airlines will have to pay a fine of Rs 50,000 if they discard human waste or empty their toilet tanks mid-air.

The reiteration came while the NGT disposed a plea filed by a south Delhi resident, who had alleged that his home was being splattered with faeces as aircraft get rid of waste mid-air, prior to landing at the Delhi airport.

Balwan, who owns the land where the “flying object” landed, said he “heard” it falling into his field around 8 am. “It came out of the sky, sounding exactly like an airplane. Before I could ascertain what it was, it landed in my field,” he said.

As a crowd began gathering at the spot, Balwan called the sarpanch, Govind Singh, who in turn alerted the Farrukhnagar police station. “I rushed to the spot and saw the object… It seemed to weigh at least 8 or 10 kg, judging by the dent it had made in the ground. Initially, we thought it could be ice but it was not melting. So we figured it must have some kind of chemical in it… We were uncertain if it was safe to touch, so I called up the SHO at Farrukhnagar police station, who arrived at the spot with his team,” Singh said.

Inspector Karan Singh, the SHO of the police station, said, “I received a call at 9 am from the sarpanch, who told me that some ‘ice’ seemed to have landed in the fields. It looked like ice even to me, but I alerted higher officials, and called in the crime team and a senior medical officer’s team to the spot for investigation.”

In the hours that followed, a team of scientists from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) was summoned and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was alerted.

“The unidentified object crashed with a thud early this morning. The IMD sent a team of scientists to collect samples, and we also informed the NDMA,” said Vivek Kalia, Estate Officer of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), Gurgaon.

It was only after the team of scientists reached the spot late afternoon that the “meteor” was found to be waste discarded from a passing aircraft. Confirming this, Kalia said, “The object has been identified as human excreta dumped by an aircraft.”

According to an aviation expert, “human waste that leaks or is discarded from the sewage system of an airplane at a height usually turns to ice in the time that it takes to reach the ground, due to the low temperatures that prevail at that height”.

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    Akash
    Jan 22, 2018 at 9:55 pm
    What if that 10 kg solid object has fallen on someone's head. Someone might get injured very bad or lost life. 50k cannot be compared with anyone's life.
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      Govind singh sarpanch
      Jan 22, 2018 at 5:32 pm
      Rs 50000? That’s nothing for a air liner they will continue to dump, more over it’s hard to catch them and the the cost of figuring out as who has it dumped will be more than the fine . It has to be 2 lakhs or more and then let any airliner dare to take this step. They charge huge sum for excess baggage they must be penalised for this unethical prehistoric inhuman what all you can add act. Imagine human waste in your garden , so pathetic. Sir i m agree with you govt have to take some strict action against all airlines if it cuold done on the house roof or on human beings than who be responsible Govind singh sarpanch Fazilpur badli Dist gurugram Haryana
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        Capt xyz
        Jan 22, 2018 at 2:43 pm
        I hope indian express verifies what it posts .... sad to see such articles on a national newspaper ... for the information of the so called reporter and the editor with due respect and regards aircraft can't dump waste midair as the only way to do that is by ground personal who do it by connecting a hose and vacuuming the waste out ... there's no switch or mechanism to do same while in air ..... please check before you publish especially when it's about aviation since you guys seem to be too ignorant about the field .....
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        1. Patrick Cain
          Jan 22, 2018 at 5:15 pm
          So, it really is a giant alien ! If they drop 10kg steamers, we are really in trouble.
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        2. rajesh desai
          Jan 22, 2018 at 12:59 pm
          Rs 50000? That’s nothing for a air liner they will continue to dump, more over it’s hard to catch them and the the cost of figuring out as who has it dumped will be more than the fine . It has to be 2 lakhs or more and then let any airliner dare to take this step. They charge huge sum for excess baggage they must be penalised for this unethical prehistoric inhuman what all you can add act. Imagine human waste in your garden , so pathetic.
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          1. Kailash Thaware
            Jan 22, 2018 at 12:05 pm
            Only it can happen in India. Spitting on road, open urination, etc. on common ....for some
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