Residents of Gurgaon’s Fazilpuir Badli village recently claimed human waste, discarded mid-air by a passing aircraft, as a meteor that “came shooting out of the sky”. The confusion, drama and comedy created around the human waste that landed with a big thud and managed to deceive the villagers. The commotion finally ended when a team of scientists who were rushed to inspect the “foreign object” confirmed it to be nothing more than a heap of faeces, according to The Indian Express. The incident occurred 10 days after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to issue circulars to all airlines restating its December 20, 2016, order. The order stated that airlines will have to pay a hefty fine of Rs 50,000 if they discard human waste or empty their sewage tanks mid-air. The restating of the order came after NGT agreed to a plea filed by a south Delhi man. The man had alleged that a passing aircraft that was about to land at the Delhi airport had splattered his house with faeces – aircraft crew tend to clear waste mid-air before landing.
In this case, owner of the land, Balwan, heard a crashing sound around 8 in the morning. Balwan called the sarpanch, Govind Singh, and when crowd started to gather, someone alerted the police in Farrukhnagar. The police hearing the complaint of a huge chunk of ‘ice’ landing on the field immediately rushed to the spot and also alerted the higher officials. The police also called in a crime team and a senior medical officer’s team to investigate. Soon, a team of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) reached the place.
The ‘meteor’ was soon after ascertained as nothing more than a heap of human faeces that became solidified in the form of ice while falling from a great height due to low temperatures.