Ice believed to have fallen from airplane crashes through roof of Mississauga home

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A Mississauga man says he and his family are lucky to be safe after a large boulder of ice, believed to have fallen from an airplane, crashed through the roof of his home, landing steps away from his bed.

Tony Caccavo told Global News that his wife heard a loud bang at around 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday and saw the damage inside the closet of their bedroom. He said she called him and he returned to their home, located near Winston Churchill Boulevard and The Collegeway about 20 kilometres south of Toronto Pearson International Airport, to see what happened.

“At first I thought that I had a leak in the roof and then it built up the ice, and then it fell off,” Caccavo said.


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“But when I came home after my wife called, I saw the hole and I said, ‘No way, that must have come from the air.’”

He said the force of the impact threw a few of the ice chunks under the bed several feet away.

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“I was going nuts. I said, ‘What the hell?’ We’re not safe here, even being at home sleeping. One minute can change everything. We are very lucky in a way,” Caccavo said.

“Two metres a little bit [one] way, it would have got my wife. Four metres [to another] side, it would have got my son. And half an hour before, it would have got me because I left at 6 o’clock to go to work.”

He said they are waiting for answers from officials about what happened. Caccavo said his insurance company has agreed to cover most of the damage.

According to archived flight data on the airport’s website, a Boeing 767-300 flying to Toronto from Las Vegas flew over Caccavo’s neighbourhood at 6:29 a.m.

Archived flight data shows a Boeing 767-300 flying over Caccavo’s neighbourhood Wednesday morning.

Screenshot / Toronto Pearson International Airport

Air Canada Flight 1854 from Las Vegas was estimated to have arrived at Pearson airport at 6:56 a.m. An Air Canada spokesperson told Global News they weren’t aware of any of the company’s airplanes being involved in “this type of situation.”

WestJet Flight 1119 from Las Vegas was estimated to have arrived at Pearson airport at 6:53 a.m. A spokesperson for the airline was unavailable for comment Wednesday evening.

Global News contacted Transport Canada, the federal department with responsibility for aviation, Wednesday evening to ask about the incident, but officials weren’t available to comment.


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A spokesperson for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, the agency responsible for investigating major incidents involving all major modes of transportation, told Global News that as of Wednesday evening, officials weren’t investigating.

When asked about the damage, aviation expert Jock Williams said it’s highly likely the ice came from an airplane.

“It takes a mile of falling to get the kind of velocity that you’d need to penetrate a roof,” he told Global News.

“A five-pound object dropping from 10,000 feet – or 20,000, or whatever — will go through any house or roof you want to put up.”

Williams said ice buildup on planes doesn’t form in boulders like the ones shown by Caccavo, but rather in thin sheets. He speculated on a couple of causes for the ice falling.

“Maybe when they cycled the gear down to land, then a hunk of the ice was knocked free,” he said, adding there may have been a leak point in the landing gear well.

The other theory was that uncontaminated liquid pumped into the lavatory system by personnel on the ground may have built up just inside the compartment door and came free during the flight.


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“All you need is a little bit of turbulence,” Williams said.

“It throws a hunk of ice that weighs a couple of pounds against a very thin, aluminum door. It opens the door, the ice falls out, the door falls back into place and is pushed in by the air pressure.”

He said this type of incident isn’t unheard of, adding there could be many more incidents in unoccupied areas.

“There are probably a lot more of these things then we know about because the ice lands in somebody’s backyard or it lands in some place nobody ever finds it,” Williams said.

— With files from Kamil Karamali

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Toronto police find body believed to be missing 45-year-old woman Stella Wong

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Toronto police have found a body they believe to be a 45-year-old woman who went missing Sunday evening in a wooded area in East York.

Stella Wong was last seen while hiking with a male friend on Crothers Woods Trail near Redway Rd., south of Eglinton Ave. E. and Laird Dr. at 7 p.m., when they somehow got separated, Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said.

Police believe they found the body of 45-year-old Stella Wong who was last seen on Crothers Woods Trail in East York, south of Eglinton Ave. E. and Laird Dr., on Sunday evening.
Police believe they found the body of 45-year-old Stella Wong who was last seen on Crothers Woods Trail in East York, south of Eglinton Ave. E. and Laird Dr., on Sunday evening.  (Toronto Police Service)

Wong’s friend then reported her missing, police said.

The body was found shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, Det. Anthony Paoletta told reporters at the scene. The identity hasn’t been confirmed, but Paoletta said police believe it’s Wong’s body.

“Based on the description we have of the woman and the clothing, we believe it is Stella Wong,” Douglas-Cook told the Star.

Douglas-Cook said the identity can’t be confirmed until next of kin identify her.

Douglas-Cook said they have no evidence of foul play at this time and there were no obvious signs of trauma to the body. However, she said it’s still early in the investigation.

“The investigation is ongoing and we will have to determine if the death was caused by foul play or if it was an accident,” she said.

Police remove the body of a woman who they believe is Stella Wong along the lower Don Trail near Don Mills Rd. on Monday. Police had been looking for the 45-year-old woman after she was reported missing in the area on Sunday night.
Police remove the body of a woman who they believe is Stella Wong along the lower Don Trail near Don Mills Rd. on Monday. Police had been looking for the 45-year-old woman after she was reported missing in the area on Sunday night.  (Andrew Francis Wallace)

The discovery was made as police were conducting a high-level search, with the help of drones and the canine unit.

“A Level 3 search is the highest level of concern. We have brought in additional officers and resources to the area,” Douglas-Cook said before news of the body’s discovery.

Wong is 5-foot-5, has a slim build, and was last seen wearing a purple coat, black leggings and brown boots.

“We’re concerned for her safety, because it’s cold out and she was last spotted in a wooded area at night,” Douglas-Cook said earlier in the morning.

Temperatures fell to a low of -4 C overnight.

Claire Floody is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @claire_floody

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Fire in downtown Hamilton believed to be caused by careless smoking – Hamilton

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Officials believe careless smoking is to blame for an apartment fire downtown.


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It broke out around 7:30 p.m. Sunday on the eighth floor of The Empire Apartments on Hughson near Cannon.

Officials say when the first crews arrived, they found a well-involved balcony fire, which spread inside that unit and the apartment next door.


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Damage has been set at $100,000.

 

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‘I believed something was wrong with me’: Edmonton man calls for conversion therapy ban – Edmonton

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Kevin Schultz voluntarily spent four years in conversion therapy, a program that claims to change an individual’s sexuality from gay to straight.

Schultz said he entered the program because he believed something was wrong with him.

“I am from a very religious background. There was no room for gay people within the church,” Schultz said. “This homophobia that was all around me was internalized as well.”

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Speaking on the 630 CHED Afternoon News, Schultz said the underlying assumption of conversion therapy is that no one is born gay.

“Everyone is born straight, something has happened that made us gay,” said Schultz. “So if you could find what the cause was, you could fix it… (as if) you’re broken.”

Schultz said he tried to ignore his feelings, getting married to a woman and having three kids.

“I didn’t really accept that I was gay until I left conversion therapy. I thought that I was just struggling with same-sex attraction,” Schultz said. “I (had) to find a way to be normal. I saw myself as sick, and here was a solution.”

Schultz said he tried very hard to convince himself conversion therapy was working.

“I had a family dependent on me. I didn’t want to put them through what I knew would happen if I came out. I wanted to find a way to be a straight man,” said Schultz. “When I look back on my life before I came out, (what I remember most) is being very lonely.”

An online petition is calling on the Trudeau government to implement a nationwide ban on conversion therapy.

Since its launch in September, the petition has garnered more than 3,000 signatures and is set to be presented in the House of Commons in January.


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Edmonton-Castle Downs MLA Nicole Goehring is working on a private member’s bill to institute a ban in Alberta.

“We support the request that the feds ban this, but we’re looking at an Alberta perspective. We know that (conversion therapy) is discriminatory and causes harm,” Goehring told 630 CHED.


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“We’ve heard loud and clear from the LGBTQ+ community that this is a ban that is long overdue and absolutely needs to happen now,” said Goehring. “We’re still in the process of working on the language (of the bill) because we want to get it right.”

Schultz recalls the night he left conversion therapy as the “happiest and scariest moment of (his) life.”

“There was someone in the group that said he was hallucinating and hearing voices. (To me), it felt like he needed to be in an emergency room. But instead, the leader of the group said: ‘You’re being plagued by a demon, and we need to pray this out of you.’”

Schultz walked out the door and drove home. He recalls it as the moment he knew he had to come out.

“It felt like this huge burden had been lifted. But I was also terrified,” he said.

It’s now been 10 years since Schultz left conversion therapy. He has been married to his husband for seven years.

He said he is hopeful legislation will move forward.

“I just want (LGBTQ) people to know you are not alone. There is a whole community waiting for you. We know how good it is on this side.”

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