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


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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Man allegedly crashes car into Porsche dealership after breakup with girlfriend


A 20-year-old man is facing charges after he allegedly drove his car through the front window of a Porsche dealership and then scrawled graffiti on several vehicles — all because of a breakup, police say.

It was around 11 p.m. Monday night when police at 51 Division received the call about a collision in the area of Parliament St. and Front St.

But before the phone rang, police already knew something had happened — their division headquarters is across the street from the Porsche dealership in question.

“Someone called it in, but I think our front desk people who were here, they actually heard it as well,” said Staff Sgt. Dan Hoffmeyer.

When police arrived on scene moments after the cacophony of smashing glass and metal had ended, they found that a new vehicle had joined the Porsches on display.

The front of the car had gone through the window and struck several Porsches. As for the accused driver, he was unhurt and still on scene — scrawling graffiti on the cars around him.

“It seems to be motivated by his recent relationship breakup,” Hoffmeyer said. “After he drove in, he exited his vehicle and did some graffiti on some Porsches he didn’t hit. Some of the graffiti he put on cars was in relation to that. ‘I’ll show you’ — I don’t know what he intended to show this person.”

The damage, “if you take everything at the high end,” could amount to almost $100,000, Hoffmeyer said, including up to $75,000 in damage to the cars, and up to $20,000 in damage to the store itself.

Rakhmatullo Sotvoldiyev, of Toronto, 20, is scheduled to appear at Old City Hall court at 10 a.m. Tuesday, facing charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, two counts of mischief causing damage over $5,000 and one count of mischief causing damage under $5,000.

Hoffmeyer said the vehicle was a used car that had been recently purchased, but was not from that dealership. It had Newfoundland plates, but Toronto police spokesperson Jenifferjit Sidhu said it was registered to a local address. The accused is facing charges relating to improper registration of that vehicle as well.

Despite the man’s dramatic actions, Hoffmeyer believes hitting the Porsche dealership was not the man’s end goal.

“It’s literally around the corner from our station. Two hundred feet, maybe,” he said. “I believe his whole motivation was to spend some time with the police. I think he wanted to make a statement, and he wanted to spend time here with us. So he chose to do that.”

With files from Jack Hauen

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


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12 injured after Prince George school bus crashes near Cache Creek


A school bus crash near Cache Creek has injured 12 according to B.C. Emergency Health Services.

The school bus was carrying students from College Heights Secondary School in Prince George.

The crash happened on Highway 97 at around noon. A tweet from Interior Health said none of victims suffered serious injuries. 

It remains unclear exactly who was injured but seven people were transported to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops in ambulances, one via air ambulance helicopter. 

The others were treated at the scene.


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Plane crashes into field after mid-air collision in Ottawa’s west end


Two aircraft collided in mid-air in Ottawa‘s west end on Sunday morning, with one of them crashing into a nearby field, Ottawa police said.

Police said one of the aircraft crashed into a field near McGee Side Road just east of the 417. The other aircraft was redirected to Ottawa International Airport and safely landed there.

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Paramedics are on the scene, and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating.

No details about injuries were immediately available.

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Pilot seriously injured after small plane crashes on house in Ottawa’s west end


First responders say the pilot of a small, ultra-light plane that crashed into a house in Ottawa’s west end has been extricated from the aircraft and taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The crash reportedly occurred near the intersection of Old Almonte Road and Howie Road, just outside of Stittsville in Ottawa’s west end.

A spokesperson for the Ottawa Paramedic Service said he couldn’t confirm the exact nature of the pilot’s injuries.

There was only one person in the plane, the spokesperson said.

Ottawa police say Old Almonte Road is closed to traffic between Howie and Beavertail roads.

— More to come…

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