Drone hit British Airways plane approaching Heathrow Airport

Breaking news on BBC.

Could be a first proper strike. Or not.

A plane approaching Heathrow Airport is believed to have hit a drone before it landed safely, the Metropolitan Police have said.

The British Airways flight from Geneva was hit as it approached the London airport at about 12:50 BST with 132 passengers and five crew on board.

After landing, the pilot reported an object - believed to be a drone - had struck the front of the Airbus A320.


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Comment by Ted Morgan on April 18, 2016 at 1:16pm

@Yakrobat very impressive vision. If i am doing my math correctly and assuming you could read the lettering from about 100ft, that balloon was in your visible range for .2 seconds. 

Comment by JB on April 18, 2016 at 4:31pm

+1 Graham

At least someone understands my pain! If Elon Musk had anything to do with drones, theyd have added how commercial jet aircraft kill the environment and club dolphins....becàuse they are not electric! (But coal charged!)  ;-)



0.2 seconds is actuaĺly a fairly long period. Im just surprised theres so many birthdays with balloons...

Comment by Yakrobat on April 19, 2016 at 7:42pm

@Ted Morgan - Nothing impressive about it, both the FO and I saw and read the balloon as it passed a few feet over the top of the windscreen... it is a feat well within the capabilities of most people.  The point is, it is not necessarily difficult to identify small objects as they pass by an aircraft.  Unfortunately with every sighting/close-call news story, we inevitably get a self-anointed expert claiming that it's impossible for pilots to see what they claim to have... as if there is some sort of grand conspiracy.

Comment by benbojangles on April 21, 2016 at 11:44am

Just read today in the news that it was not a drone but a plastic supermarket bag drifting in the wind


Comment by Graham Dyer on April 26, 2016 at 12:24pm


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