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Aircraft hit by drone in Mozambique

Posted 15 January 2017 · Add Comment

A LAM Mozambique Airlines is believed to have been hit by a drone while landing at Tete Matundo Airport.

The Boeing 737 was on a domestic flight from Maputo and was carrying 80 passengers and six crew members. The aircraft landed safely.
Tete is expanding rapidly and there has a boom in mining and prospecting activities in the area.
The airline told Portuguese-language media that one of its aircraft was struck Thursday, possibly by a drone. It said the crew heard a bang, suggesting that some sort of “external body” hit the aircraft. It was on approach to Tete airport when the incident occurred.

The local Portuguese news channel Mozambicano published images of the damaged aircraft which revealed a drone - or another flying object -  had impacted the right hand side of the radome. Last year British Airways reported one of its aircraft may have hit a drone while landing at London Heathrow Airport.
Hundreds of near-misses have been reported at airports in the past year. Busy airports such as Dubai have had to close on several occasions because of drone activity in the area of the airport costing millions of dollars each time.
The US has now passed a law making it illegal to fly an unmanned system within five miles of an airport.
 

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