A WOMAN got the fright of her life when she found ice falling from an aircraft had smashed through the roof of her home and into her bedroom.

Marcia Fordjour came back from work last week to find a hole bigger than a basketball in her roof and bedroom ceiling.

Smashed roof tiles, insulation material and broken plasterboard were scattered across the room, along with several chunks of ice.

Ms Fordjour believes ice from an aircraft overhead is the only explanation for the damage to her home, in St Mark's Road.

She said: “There was debris on the television and on the floor, and we found a lot of water. Then we found three blocks of ice. We thought it must have come from an aircraft.

“It's scary, you don't think something like that is going to happen to you in Enfield. God knows what would have happened if we were standing under it.

“I see it as a lucky escape.”

Ms Fordjour discovered the bizarre scene in the afternoon on Tuesday, October 4, and was initially so scared as to what had caused the hole she sat in her car until a surveyor arrived.

She thought it could have been an animal that had burrowed through the ceiling, until the surveyor discovered the hole clean through the roof as well.

Ms Fordjour added: “This ice could have dropped outside on someone, I think they need to do something about it.”

The phenomenon of falling ice is relatively rare in the UK, although there have been reports of buildings, cars and even people being hit.

The Civil Aviation Authority says on its website that most ice falling from aircraft melts before it reaches the ground, but there are, on average, two reports a year of falling ice.

The authority urges airlines to make checks to stop the ice forming, usually from leaking water.

And it dismissed the suggestion that the ice is from the toilet saying this is disposed once the aircraft has landed.