“From the cloudless sky fell a squal of…

“From the cloudless sky fell a squal of hail, a flurry of frozen vapour dislodged from the wings of an American aircraft three miles above the Yangtze valley. Lit by the sun, the crystals fell on to the football field like a shower of Christmas decorations.” ~ empire of the Sun by JG Ballard. Is that possible, frozen vapour from a plane 3 miles up reaching the ground as hail?

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