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Oh, Crap! Plane’s Poop Problem Creates Sewage Storm (Literally)

What’s worse than being caught in a freak rainstorm? Figuring out that’s not rain on your face—it’s human sewage. The Hughes, a New York couple, told CBS Local Radio Station 1010 Wins that they were sitting outside their home last week when they were hit with sludge from a plane taking off at JFK airport.

“Some black liquid, black oil, came off on [my wife’s] face, and I walked around and I looked and said, ‘Oh my God.’ There was quarter-sized, nickel-sized, dime-sized drops all over my deck, my barbecue, my table,” Artie Hughes told the station.

Upon reporting the incident to the police (thinking the plane might be leaking hydraulic fluid), the Hughes learned the fluid was “something nastier than that.” The police reportedly contacted the FAA or Port Authority and were informed there had been “an incident” in which some waste had leaked out of the plane’s toilet.

And this isn’t the first time liquid’s fallen from a plane! “More often we get reports of ‘blue ice’ falling in people’s backyards—which come from a plane’s bathroom holding tank,” says FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen. And sure, that’s less gross, but still not something you want to get hit in the head with.

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