There has been a report by the Aviation Herald, that a Boeing 737 jet, which was carrying 80 passengers to Mozambique, collided with a drone on Thursday, causing significant damage to the planes’ nose cone.
There were no injuries.
NEWS UPDATE: It was NOT a drone!
Now as the investigation of the incident is finished, it became clear that there was no drone involved.
But the incident again raises concerns about the possibility of collisions between commercial aircraft and drones—a topic that is really hot in the United States these days.
On a routine domestic flight from the capital Maputo(in the south), to Tete(in the Northwest near Malawi), the Linhas Aereas de Mocambique (LAM) jet was approaching the runway in Tete to land. The pilots inside heard a loud bang on the front of the plane. According to the Aviation Herald, the crew believed they hit a bird, and they proceeded with the landing.
After examining the damage the passenger jet was, as authorities concluded, damaged on the nose cone by a drone. The damaged Boeing aircraft is currently under repair. What type of drone caused the damage, or who was piloting it is still unclear.
Surprisingly, this is only the second recorded drone colliding accident with a passenger aircraft. The other happened in April 2016, when a British Airways Airbus A320 collided with a drone around Heathrow Airport in London as it was flying in from Geneva. No one was was hurt that time either.
There have been plenty of near-misses, despite the lack of injuries and few collisions… Airports across the U.S. regularly report incidents with drones flying over or around the airports. For example, in a five-month period from August 2015 to January 2016, the FAA received 582 reports of drones in, what it is considered to be, dangerous flying area. That’s an average of 116 a month.
Huge confusion is swerling around drone regulations for a number of years now in the U.S. when commercial drone and hobby pilots are flying under little or heavy handed supervision, depending, and the FAA stalling to release a report of rules and regulations on the matter until just this past June.
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