RESIDENTS in a community along the flight path of planes near Shanghai Pudong International Airport have complained about “flying excrement” making a mess in their neighborhood.
A resident of Luchaogang Community surnamed Zhou said feces were often found splattered on cars or laundry hanging out to dry. Some people were even hit by “flying excrement” when walking in the area, making them feel “grossed out,” Zhou added.
Residents said they suspected some planes had septic tank leaks as many jets pass over the community.
Shanghai Pudong International Airport officials said yesterday that they will investigate the complaints.
“At the moment there is no evidence indicating a plane’s septic tank was leaking,” said an airport official surnamed Su. “If that is the case, the airline that owns the plane is responsible for any compensation.”
Su added they would let residents know the result of the investigation.
An expert said feces are usually disinfected and stored in septic tank. At high altitudes, the temperature can be as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius, thus if any feces leaks out it will stick on the surface of the aircraft. However, the expert said as the plane descends while landing, the temperature rises and the feces previously stuck on the plane can drop to the ground.