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.