Poogate goes international, pity she is lying about the planes

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You might have caught this yesterday, but the UK are now pondering it along with us

A New Zealand woman who woke up to a horrendous smell and suspicious brown splodges on her home and car, has blamed passing airlines for the mess.

Karen Bass, from Flatbush in Auckland, told the New Zealand Herald that she was sure the ‘huge clumps’, that she also found on the footpath near her house, were human faeces.

‘The first thing when I walked out of my door this morning and I saw it, I thought an airplane s*** on us. You open the door and it smells like s***,’ she said.

The disgusted resident, whose home is in the flight path for airlines on their way to Auckland International Airport, plans to have a sample of the matter tested.

‘There’s no way it’s a bird or animal poo, it’s horrible. I’m sure it’s human, what else could it be with huge clumps like that?’ Ms Bass told the New Zealand Herald.

Despite not being the first New Zealand citizen to suggest a passing air-plane offloaded human waste above their home, both Air New Zealand and the country’s Civil Aviation Authority deny having record of any incidents.

Sydney Airline safety consultant, Trevor Bock, also expressed doubt over a plane’s involvement and suggested Ms Bass’ incident was more likely caused by ‘bad neighbours’.

‘It’s certainly not coming from an aircraft because maintenance standards are extremely high today,’ Mr Bock told Daily Mail Australia.

He explained that the waste in a plane goes from the toilet into a sewage tank which is emptied out periodically in a highly controlled environment by specialised trucks carrying large hoses and tanks – often after every second trip.

The fittings for the tank are on the outside of the aircraft and thus only accessible by ground handling staff, meaning a spontaneous mid-air release is difficult to control.

The real question remains:  where did the poo come from?

And more importantly… what has Ms Bass done to deserve it?

Since I used to live in Flat Bush I was intrigued by her claims to be under the flight path. So I looked her up, and what do you know she is in the phone book.

Once I had the address it was easy to see that she is lying about planes flying over her house on the flight path to Auckland Airport.

The Transport Blog has helpfully mapped out the flight path and approaches to Auckland Airport, including the new one.

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I used to live near the red line, and the planes were slightly further south of our house as they lined up on the runway. Ms Cass lives further to the North, at least 1.5km from the Red flight path. Her house is also at least 1km from the new yellow flight path.

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Now I’m not sure on the ballistic trajectory of dumped poo from planes, but I doubt that the airlines are precision bombing her house with poo, not at those distances.

I think it is a real stretch to claim it is planes, and proper decent journalists, trained and skilled should have done a wee bit more investigation than taking her word for it and phoning the airport for comment.

Furthermore, she lives in a built up area with small sections and loads of houses. Why aren’t the neighbours also complaining about being carpet bombed with poo?

This is pretty much a massive beat up, and unlikely to be from aircraft approaching Auckland airport.

Which leaves us with who has she pissed off?

– Mail Online


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