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A viral video has captured the terrifying moment a falling block of ice fell metres from passersby, thankfully missing them.

A man picking up litter from the side of the road can be seen crouching down on the pavement.

Suddenly, a huge block ice smashes to the ground, making him jump.

Pedestrians then look on in shock after it shattered across the road.

Amir Khan, the taxi driver who captured the moment on camera, told The Evening Standard: “It made such a loud noise like a meteorite crashing down. The street cleaner was so confused and scared. 

“Everyone came running out to look at the sky. It was crazy.”

His boss Mos Sayid also said: “I walk my kids round that corner all the time it has me worried for them. I live close by so I’m constantly under the flight path – there is no escape.

“It’s a miracle no one was hit. It was a really big block of ice – bigger than your head.”

Falling ice has been reported before with a California couple stating one block fell through their bedroom ceiling, whilst a huge crater was created after a block of ice fell in Renfrewshire.

Despite this, the likelihood of it happening is rare, and the chances of the ice coming from a plane is even rarer.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) report up to 25 cases of ice falls in the UK every year.

On the website, is states that whilst it is often assumed the falling ice blocks are from planes, “ice falls from aircraft are considered to be relatively rare”.

The CAA suggest that the reason behind it, out of 2.5 million flights over the UK every year, is when ice forms on aircrafts at high altitudes.

This then breaks off when it encounters warmer air and falls to the ground.

Last year, a video emerged showing a worker attempting to de-ice a Turkish Airlines plane in a very bizarre way.

They appear to be pouring a water bottle over the ice wings, before dropping it.



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