'Block of ice could easily have killed us'

A QUIET pint outside a Worksop pub almost turned to carnage for one group of friends, when a square foot of ice fell from the sky and exploded into pieces right next to them.

Friends drinking outside the Kilton Inn, on Kilton Road, didn't know what to think when they heard an 'almighty smash' on Sunday night.

Wesley Chesters, who lives on the road, was just feet away when the ice came crashing down around 9.15pm.

"A car had just gone by and I thought it had crashed into a parked 4x4," he said.

"We were amazed when we saw what it was. It could have killed someone without a doubt."

"If it hit a car it would have written it off, and if it hit a house it would have gone straight through the roof."

Wesley said the block of ice shattered into about several large pieces – and he picked one up for his friend to photograph on his mobile, pictured right.

"If we had been a bit closer we would all have been hit – it's creepy."

Friend Dawn Rennie, of Carlton Road, Worksop was also enjoying a drink outside the pub when the ice fell.

"We were just so lucky," she said. "We were so close to being killed when we were just sitting outside a pub quietly."

"Things like this just should not happen," she said. "Aeroplanes shouldn't be ejecting things over Eastgate."

She added that a condom was embedded in one of the blocks of the melting ice, which she said proved it had fallen out of an aircraft.

"I mean you've heard of the expression 'message in a bottle', but not 'condom in a block of ice'," she said.

Dawn has since reported the incident to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that investigates ice falls.

A spokesman from the CAA said ice falls are extremely rare and are usually caused by a build up of moisture on the aircraft's wing or because of a faulty seal in the on-board water system.

"Leaks from toilet systems can occur if there is a fault on the seal at the point where the hose from the collection vehicle connects with the aircraft," she said.

"A small leak at high altitude will form ice because of the very low outside temperature."

"As the aircraft descends at the end of its journey, the temperature rises and the ice can detach and fall to the ground."

"When ice falls are reported to the CAA, we attempt to identify aircraft which may have been responsible, and request its operator examine maintenance records to attempt to identify possible causes and repair any faulty seals."

She added that there is no record of anyone being seriously injured by an ice fall in the UK.