Earlier in the week it was reported that a British Airways Airbus A320 enroute from Geneva to London was hit by a drone on approach to Heathrow. The plane was supposedly hit by the object at around 1,700 feet, just minutes before landing.
This was believed to be the first instance of a drone hitting a commercial aircraft, which is something which seems to pose a serious threat. There have been several near misses between planes and drones over the past few years, as the popularity of drones has increased.
Drones do seem to pose a risk, regardless of whether or not the motives are nefarious. In other words, I don’t think the next big terrorist attack will consist of a bunch of drones going after planes, but rather that some idiot who lacks common sense could be flying a drone near an airport in a plane’s path.
Well, as it turns out, the British Airways A320 may not have actually been hit by a drone on Sunday… but rather by a plastic bag… or something.
Per The Telegraph:
Transport minister Robert Goodwill admitted authorities had not yet confirmed whether what struck the Airbus A320 was a remote-controlled device.
Mr Goodwill said: “The reported drone strike on Sunday has not been confirmed it was actually a drone. It was the local police force that tweeted that they had a report of a drone striking an aircraft.
“And indeed the early reports of a dent in the front of the plane were not confirmed – there was no actual damage to the plane and there’s indeed some speculation that it may have even been a plastic bag or something.
“I’ve not actually landed a 747 at Heathrow but I’ve landed the simulator and the pilot has a lot of other things to concentrate on so we’re not quite sure what they saw so I think we should maybe not overreact too much.”
British Airways must have been channeling their inner Katy Perry, feeling like a plastic bag, drifting through the wind, wanting to start again…