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Mp Urges Tighter Controls To Stop Airline Ice Bombs
November 29, 2000 9:48: Richmond Park MP Jenny Tonge is pressing for the Civil Aviation Authority to introduce stricter controls on airlines to prevent ice bombs falling from planes onto the borough.
The CAA has recorded 57 incidents over the past year where blocks of ice have fallen from planes onto the UK.
In Richmond there have been three recorded incidents in the past two years an ice bomb hit the roof of Holy Trinity primary school in Richmond and one narrowly missed a Kew resident as he walked along a residential street.
The frozen body of a stowaway was discovered in the Manor Road gas works in Richmond after falling from a plane on the descent into Heathrow.
Dr Tonge said: It is about time the CAA insisted that the foreign aircraft using British airports follow the same stringent checks on their water systems as our own airlines.
She has also called for the Government to consider introducing fines for airlines that fail to meet rigorous safety guidelines preventing effluent leaks.