This last Sunday, a Boeing 757 from Northwest Airlines going from Detroit to Tampa, apparently collided with an unknown object in mid-air. The damage to the nose cone can be seen in the image above, click for the news and video.
Though initially believed to be caused by an unfortunate bird, the aircraft was flying at 18,000 feet when the pilots heard a loud bang before the weather radar, inside the nose cone, went dead. That’s above the height birds usually fly.
Other possibilities mentioned go from structural failure to a lightning hit. The FAA is analyzing the nose cone, and the case echoes the more bizarre event of the Romanian fighter jet that hit unidentified objects at great height.
And in yet another case, another aircraft reports a near-collision with what looked like a small rocket in Houston, at over 5,000 feet. The near accident happened this last Memorial Day.
Invasion? UAVs? Viral marketing for the remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still”?
Seriously, it’s not even clear the incident over Florida was a collision, and the one over Houston definitely wasn’t one. As for the Romanian case, that remains an unexplained one.
[via CoW/VJ Ballester Olmos]
In Janurary another Boeing 757 going from Newark and at 10,000 feet was hit by lightning, to the despair of the crew and passengers. They saw the flash of light, even smelled something burned.
Fortunately nothing much worse than that happened, but when they landed, they noted a somewhat familiar damage:
Let us wait for the FAA conclusions on the Florida case, but if I had to bet… now would be much easier to do so.
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