WATCH: Transport Canada is investigating after a report of ice falling from the sky in Lantzville. It happened early Saturday morning. The Lantzville man was inside his home when he heard a crash and when he went outside the hood of his truck was covered with ice. Kendall Hanson reports.
When Peter Marshall came out of his home to investigate a loud crash, he wasn’t expecting what he saw.
“I couldn’t believe [the] ice and then I turned around and seen this,” said Marshall.
It was 6:45 a.m. Saturday morning. Pieces of ice covered the ground and parts of his truck. One of the largest chunks had smashed his windshield.
“Nobody could throw a block of ice that big over that fence and they weren’t in the yard or the dog would’ve responded so it was a process of elimination,” said Marshall. “It had to come from an airplane.”
Marshall says commercial planes often fly over his Rumming Road property, in Lantzville, as they descend to YVR.
Marshall reported the incident to Nanaimo RCMP and Transport Canada. He was told to hold onto some of the ice.
Ice has fallen from planes before. Surveillance footage captured ice falling to the ground in London, England earlier this year. And in February of 2017 ice pierced the roof of a Calgary home. No one was injured and West Jet paid for the damages.
Marshall says while his truck is damaged it’s better that the ice hit his windshield rather than a person.
“It’s probably like one in a million or more but if that ice had ever hit a person, you wouldn’t live,” said Marshall.
Marshall’s insurance with ICBC will cover most of the repair bill but he hopes the airline found responsible will cover the rest.