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Woman's car hit by ice from sky
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The ice ball hit a car parked outside Stephanie Cole's home
A woman is demanding an explanation after a football-sized lump of ice fell from the sky and smashed into her car.

It is believed the ice ball fell from an aeroplane, but so far no-one has taken responsibility of the accident.

It caused hundreds of pounds of damage to a car owned by Stephanie Cole of Great Glen in Leicestershire, which was parked outside her house.

She wants a explanation from Nottingham East Midlands Airport, whose flight path is above her home.

'Scary'

She said: "I would like my car put straight and someone is going to have to pay for this.

"It is scary that this could have hit a person," she said.

Ice-falls are reported 20 or 30 times a year on average in the UK, but there have not been any reports of serious injury.

They are usually caused by a small leak in an aircraft component. Drips of water form into ice when the aircraft is at high altitude.

'No aircraft fault'

As the plane descends and the air temperature rises, the ice can melt, break away and fall to earth.

A statement from officials at Nottingham East Midlands Airport, revealed that an Easyjet aircraft was flying over Great Glen at the time of the incident.

"The airline was contacted to see whether their engineering inspections had revealed any problems.

"We are clearly only able to comment on incidents directly affecting the airport."

A spokesperson from Easyjet, said: "Technical records for that day show no fault with the aircraft.

"EasyJet operates one of the youngest fleets, using the latest technology which means they are designed to prevent this type of activity.

"This incident could have been caused by another aircraft flying at a much higher altitude or adverse weather conditions."


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