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WestJet to pay for damage after ice chunk falls through roof

Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Sunday, February 26, 2017, 11:02 AM - A Calgary couple was startled Friday night after a large chunk of ice crashed through the roof of their home.

Now, WestJet says it will pay for the damages, after it seemed likely the ice fell from one of the airline's planes.

"A preliminary investigation of the situation with Nav Canada indicates the ice did fall from a WestJet Encore Bombardier Q400 on approach into Calgary from Regina," company spokesperson Lauren Stewart told CBC News Saturday.

The ice chunk was around 30 cm in diameter, and had gone straight through the roof and main floor of the home to land in the basement. The home, a bungalow, was located in the 100-block of Doverthorn Bay S.E.

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The home's owners, Theresa and Richard Couch, were watching hockey when the incident happened, though they weren't injured. Theresa told CBC the couple had lived in the home for more than four decades, and aircraft approach routes had changed in the last two years to take more planes directly over the home.

"Now we're very nervous," she told the station. "With all these planes passing over our house all the time, it's day and night."

Meanwhile, an airplane landing at Pearson International Airport in Toronto went off the runway Friday overnight, while the province experienced wet and foggy conditions. Read the story here and watch the video below.


With files from Leeanna McLean.

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