How did chunks of ice fall through a Chino homeowner’s roof? The FAA is checking it out
By Brian Rokos
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a Chino homeowner’s report that large chunks of ice crashed through his roof on Saturday, Nov. 4.
The incident happened on Harrington Court, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.
“Incidents such as this are extremely rare, but not unheard of,” Gregor wrote in an email Tuesday.
The agency has not yet concluded whether the ice came from an airliner. He said that the ice was clear, not blue, meaning that it could have formed on the outside of an airliner from a leak in its galley. Blue ice would have come from an airliner’s lavatory, he said.
“We are running radar replays to see which, if any, aircraft were flying over the area for a period of time before and after the homeowner says the incident occurred,” Gregor said. “If we find aircraft were in the area, we will contact the operators to advise them to check their planes for possible water leaks.”
A National Weather Service spokesman said it is unlikely that the ice was a result of a weather phenomenon.
Meteorologist Brett Albright said large quantities of ice could form only if there were an “intense updraft” of air capable of holding the ice aloft.
“That would be exceptionally rare in Southern California,” Albright said.
Such an updraft forms during thunderstorms, and there was no such weather in the area at the time of the incident, he said.