A drone is believed to have torn holes in the front of a plane carrying 80 passengers after a midair collision in Mozambique.
Crew members heard a loud bang, but thought the aircraft had collided with a bird.
It was only during a post flight examination that the extent of the damage was revealed, and pictures reveal the right side of the plane was battered by the object.
From Daily Mail
The absence of blood and feathers has fuelled the belief that the mystery object was a drone.
It happened as the approached the airport in Tete.
Reports in Mozambique state that the mystery object was a drone, although an update by airline LAM Mozambique Airlines describes it simply as an ‘external body’.
The airline told Portuguese news agency Lusa that the possibility the plane hit a drone is ‘a speculation’. Authorities are investigating Thursday’s incident.
The head of the Civil Aviation Regulatory Authority told Lusa that it’s too early to say what caused the damage to the plane.
A statement from the Drone Manufacturers Alliance, USA Today reports, said it had not been confirmed that the object was a drone, but said: ‘Nevertheless, we take these reports seriously, and our member companies stand ready to offer assistance to Mozambique’s aviation authorities as they investigate this incident.’
It said it works hard to educate users about safe use of drones.
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