Police seek help in tracking ice chunk that crashed into new car

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Police investigating a large chunk of ice that smashed through the windshield of a brand-new car in Cumberland County are getting help from a York College professor.

iceHampden Township police Lt. Steve Sissler said the professor, William Kreiger, offered to analyze the ice to see what he could find. Kreiger is a professor of earth sciences.

Sissler said investigators also reached out to air traffic controllers at Harrisburg International Airport to see what flights were overhead when the ice fell. Authorities believe the ice probably fell from a plane flying over the area.

The ice crashed into a Kia Soul on the sale lot of McCafferty Kia, at 6320 Carlisle Pike, on Friday afternoon. A sales employee, Matt McCormick, said the football-sized chunk made a whistling noise as it fell from the sky. No one was injured.

There have been several reports over the years of so-called “blue ice” falling from planes after lavatory holding tanks leaked at high altitudes. “Blue ice” gets its name from the blue disinfecting chemicals used to break down solid waste.

The Federal Aviation Administration has repeatedly denied that aircraft crews dump the wastewater in flight. The FAA has said only ground crews can operate the waste valve.

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