Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Mystery Object Dents Airliner Midflight

Something dented the nose of a Northwest Airlines Boeing 757 in mid-flight Sunday, July 6, 2008. The FAA is exploring several explanations, including structural fatigue and lightning.
Others have posited that any jet that struck a bird at such speeds would incur similar damage, but flight data indicates the incident occurred at elevations higher than those at which birds fly. The crew was descending into Tampa International Airport, at 18,000 feet, when the collision took place. No signs of organic residue from any such bird were discovered once the nose was examined later.

After minor repairs, the jet was cleared for use and placed back into service.

Okay, okay... Let's get it out of our systems, shall we? One wonders if this 757 didn't in fact strike a cloaked extraterrestrial drone sent on a recon mission of Florida's themeparks.

3 comments:

Word Woman said...

Dang! That means the parking isn't any better over the area than in it!

RRRGroup said...

Cullan:

This is an intriguing incident, is it not?

What did that plane hit? A drone, as you suggest, or something else, new to the atmosphere, and tangible, but not too much so?

This should be looked into, semi-seriously.

Rich

Cullan Hudson said...

I would love to see someone run tests on the structural intergrity of these nose cones. If they are, as I suspect, not designed to handle impacts of any significance, then the slightest tap - especially at 700 mph - might crush it inward like this. Who knows, maybe that "tap" comes from the wind itself, if the material was not sufficiently strong enought to resist the force of the wind. I know, from what has been reported thus, that this cone is made of different materials than the skin of the plane. It may be softer.