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African airline reports drone collision with passenger jet

Discussion in 'News' started by LuvMyTJ, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. LuvMyTJ

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    An African airline reported Friday that one of its planes collided with a drone while approaching the airport in Tete, Mozambique.
    Linhas Aereas de Mozambique (LAM) said on its Facebook page that the Boeing 737-700 was approaching Tete from Maputo on Thursday about 5:15 p.m. local time with 86 people aboard when the incident happened. The plane landed safely without any injuries. [read more at source linked below]

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    There is no bird debris, maybe could be a drone.
     
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    Damn thats not good news i guess it was bound to happen.
     
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    If it had hit an engine......? :(
     
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    Seems like a large impact.
     
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    Look at the last picture, the left-upper portion. The rotors left three parallel, evenly spaced marks from down-left to upper-right while moving and rotating alonside the dome after the collision. the upper/farmost left lines is where they finally punctured the radom and ripped the surface to the outside while exiting the radom again. The two most-left puncture-marks indikate that two propellers where at play, rotating in different directions.
    Those are propeller marks. Birds do not create parallel lines nearly rectangular to propagation direction.
    As for the damage: after searching for pictures on google, searchterm: radom birdstrike, i am fully convinced that an object weighting 2 kg is fully capable of doing the damage seen in the pictures.
     
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    The engine can take a frozen goose. Or a series of frozen chicken.
    But this is bad bad news.
     
  9. lake_flyer

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    Me too.
     
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    I assume the 'pilot' of the drone was playing with his christmas present.
     
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    Someone do the math, plane approaching runway plus idiot flying drone...
     
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    I'm questioning whether this real or fake news.. Look at the three circles going up and down toward the left edge of the frame on the two pictures. They're different. Especially the middle one.


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    if it was a drone strike, good news that an impact to that part of a plane really only causes property damage.

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    That's because the shots were taken from different angles. The shadows are exactly the same. The metal plates around the pitot tubes are unpainted and the lower one shines right in the lens.
    I think it is genuine.
     
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    The words 'good news' and 'drone strike' don't really go in a sentence in my eyes. Any drone strike unless on a terrorist cell is pretty bad press. :D
     
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    While impressive, radoms are relatively weak structures especially from the side. They house weather radar and have to be built so as not to interfere with radar emission. They got hit with something that's not a bird.


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    The media and the public at large are often too quick to draw conclusions.
    I thought the damage looked awfully large to be from a drone unless it was a S900 or S1000.
     
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    I said on Reddit that this was FAR too much damage to be done by a drone (at least the Inspire/Phantom level and I don't believe a larger drone would have done that either). The damage profile itself is not in any way relatable to any tested drone/bird strikes.... The fact that 5 panels were damaged (consider that each is around 30-40cm in width) is enough in itself to be obvious it wasn't a commercially available UAV and that's ignoring the shape and 'style' of damage. Even a bloody huge octocopter at a 90 degree angle would be hard pushed to do that.

    Definitely good news.