A man says he cheated death after a giant ‘bolder of ice’ crashed through his flat roof and landed in his bed – shortly before he was about to get in it.
Jamie Shean, from Bristol, was sat in the lounge watching TV with pal Rob Jarvis when they heard an almighty ‘explosion’ in his bedroom.
The pair rushed to see what the noise was – expecting to find a stray firework had smashed through his window, or a boiler in the loft had exploded.
But what they found was far more unexpected, reports Bristol Live.
There was a gaping hole in the ceiling, and the pair peered up into it to see the night sky – something had crashed through the roof, smashing tiles, breaking a roof joist and piercing a huge hole in the ceiling.
Looking around them on the floor and on the bed, Jamie and Rob found large chunks of ice, some the size of a football, were lying around the room.
The pair cleared what they could of the mess and tried to preserve the ice – but some pieces were too big to fit in the freezer, and in total they saved just one or two of the pieces.
“I was sitting there watching telly – it must have been 10.15pm maybe 10.20pm, I’m not sure,” said Jamie.
“There was just this almighty ‘boom’, like a massive crash from the bedroom. It sounded like an explosion. I fully expected to find that someone had fired a firework through the window and it had gone off in the room.
“But the window was still there so I thought there had been a boiler exploded in the loft or something.
“Then we looked around and saw all this ice, huge pieces of it, everywhere,” he added.
“It was a hell of a crash. I realised I would’ve been dead if I had been in bed at the time.”
Still with a mixture of shock and bafflement, Jamie went outside to assess the damage and try to work out what had happened.
There was nothing to see apart from a large hole in the corner of his roof, just above his bed.
“It’s really hard to work out exactly how big the block of ice would’ve been – it smashed through tiles, a wooden joist and the bedroom ceiling and shattered into pieces. It must’ve been the size of a sink or something,” he added.
Property manager Ronnie Arathoon, who is contacting his insurance company and sending the roofers round to begin repairs, wants answers.
“It’s pretty crazy this could happen. It was like a boulder had crashed through, a boulder of ice. It’s absolutely mad, what are the chances?” he said.
“We’ve put it down to a plane, it’s the only thing we can think has happened. I’m just glad Jamie is ok.”
Bristol Live’s investigations have discovered there WAS a plane flying directly overhead at the time – with a second possible suspect too.
At roughly 10.07pm, an EasyJet flight was beginning its descent pattern and flying east to west just to the south of Jamie’s home in Eastgate Close before coming in to land at Bristol Airport from Rome.
But the prime suspect is a second flight that fits the location and time period.
A Thomas Cook flight from Banjul in Gambia flew south to north directly over Jamie’s home at 10.17pm.
When it passed overhead it was at 31,025ft and flying at 519 knots before descending to land at an airport in the West Midlands.
Thomas Cook was approached for a response.
A spokesperson for Britain’s biggest airport, Heathrow, said reports of ice damaging buildings do happen – with around 25 reports across the country of damage to buildings reported every year.
The cost to repair homes damaged should be paid by the airline, but under the flight path into and out of Heathrow they are often met by Heathrow itself, because of the uncertainty around which plane might have produced the ice.
“Whilst ice falls from aircraft are rare, ice can form on the outside of an aircraft when it is cruising at high altitude and as it descends into warmer air, these chunks may break away and fall to the ground,” a spokesperson for Heathrow said.
“Despite popular beliefs, modern aircraft do not have the facility to eject toilet waste whilst they are airborne. Waste collection happens when the aircraft lands at an airport and is disposed of responsibly.”