Block of ice falling from the sky almost hits London street cleaner, prompting calls for investigation

Francesca Marshall

A block of ice which fell from the sky narrowly missing a pedestrian in a London suburb has led to calls for an investigation into debris falling from planes.

Street cleaner Serhiy Mysehkov was working under a flight path to Heathrow when a giant piece of ice crashed beside him and almost crushed him to death.

It comes after ice, frozen urine and even the body of a stowaway have plummeted onto residential areas across Britain in recent years. 

The latest incident has prompted calls for an investigation into the issue. However, the UK Civil Aviation Authority said that while they receive reports of around 30 ice falls every year they are "unable to investigate the potential origin".

The near miss next to Kew Gardens station, believed to have happened on Wednesday, was caught on CCTV and shows Mr Mysehkov crossing the road before the giant ice block smashes to the ground making a loud sound on the floor.

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Amir Khan, 39, was driving past when he managed to capture the dramatic moment on his dashboard security camera. 

“It was like the start of a disaster movie," Mr Khan said.

“It made such a loud noise like a meteorite crashing down. The street cleaner was so confused and scared.”

Pavi Singh, who works in the family-owned Kew Convenience Store just metres from where the ice fell, heard the crash from inside the shop.

He said: “I heard it and went outside immediately because it was a really big bang.

“There were passers-by and they said it was something from the sky. I’m so glad no one was hurt or anyone was around it,” he told the Evening Standard.

Kew Garden councillor Monica Horner called for the CAA to investigate the “worrying” incident.

She said: “It definitely needs to be investigated, I’m shocked. This could have killed someone.”

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Ms Horner added: “This is the problem when you have planes going over a populated area and another argument to say that Heathrow is the wrong place for expansion. 

“It is a very worrying incident and there needs to be some explanation as to why this happened so close to people.”

It comes less than five months after a block of ice left a 4ft by 3ft crater in a family’s back garden in Renfrewshire.

Similarly a piece of ice fell from a flight landing at Heathrow last February, causing substantial damage to a roof in Windsor.

A shop assistant in Essex was almost crushed by a lump of frozen urine which fell 33,000ft from a plane and landed at her feet in 2008.

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A frozen ball of urine and excrement also smashed through a retired couple's roof in Wiltshire after falling from a jumbo jet toilet in 2015. The ball caused £1000 worth of damage.

In the same year a suspected stowaway plunged to his death from a plane and landed on offices in a west London high street. 

The man, believed to be in his 20's, was making an 8,000 mile journey from Johannesburg, South Africa when he fell from the British Airways flight and landed on an office roof in Richmond. 

The man was believed to have clung on to the plane as it flew towards Heathrow.

A spokesperson for the UK Civil Aviation Authority said that whilst the ice block might have come from a plane, incidents such as this can also be as a result of meteorological phenomena.

The spokesperson said: “Ice falls can be as a result of meteorological phenomena, however ice falls from aircraft are considered to be rare in UK airspace.   

“The CAA receives reports of around 30 ice falls every year. We are unable to investigate the potential origin of an ice fall, but do record reports of this nature.”  

The UK Civil Aviation Authority added that efforts are made to minimise the risk of ice falls by performing regular maintenance to prevent leaks and take prompt corrective action if a defect is found.