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The photo below shows the importance of ensuring that all filler caps and hatches are correctly closed before flight. The hatches are painted dayglo orange on the inside to make them easier to detect and are designed so that they are difficult to close with the cap not properly in place.

In this case water had seeped through an incorrectly fitted cap and froze behind the panel forcing it open. 15 minutes into the flight the cabin crew reported that they had no water available in the rear galley even though the quantity indicator was showing half full. Shortly later the forward galley also dried up.

After landing a 3ft icicle was observed from this hatch but it broke off before I could photograph it. During the 1hr flight, the water had frozen back up the line and into the tank. The aircraft was grounded for several hours while it was allowed to thaw out.

If this had been the toilet servicing panel, it would have formed the famous "Blue Ice", so called because of the chemicals used in the flushing agent.

Notice how the drain mast (right) from the sinks is heated to allow water to flow out without icing problems.

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*** Updated 18 Apr 2019 ***

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Ice formed from an incorrectly closed water servicing panel.


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