In Mexico, a possible drone incident adds to the ever-growing list of airplane to drone collisions. The plane in question this time is a fully loaded Boeing 737 jetliner. The incident seems to have very similar patterns to previous near misses. The plane was on route to the airport in Tijuana, Mexico. The Boeing 737 was on its descent when a drone flying nearby threatened a direct hit.
For previous cases, watchful eyes both onboard the plane or on the airport prevented direct hits. These cases however, were more on the lucky side of things rather than skill. Being on a plane’s descent, this would mean that the plane has very little fuel left. Maneuvering out of a drone’s way could mean a lot of fuel to burn – fuel that may not be available at the flight.
This time however, the staff onboard the plane never saw it coming. Reports came in that said the people on the plane only heard an ominous loud bang with no indication of a threat on site. As the plane landed, a visible dent was spotted at the nose part of the plane, indicating it hit (rather spectacularly) something solid while flying.
While the plane and a possible drone directly collided, thankfully nobody was harmed in the ordeal. The plane landed on schedule and the collision did not alter the flight in any way. Of course, drone users have to receive reminders of the 1-kilometer ban from any airport terminal. This is to ensure aircrafts such as planes and helicopters have enough room to maneuver. It can be an especially important aspect for those aircrafts on their way down after a long flight. This is where fuel is rare, and having to reposition a plane or land somewhere else is impossible.
It is also noteworthy to know that recreational drones owned by the public cannot fly over 400 feet in the air. Again, this is to ensure that aircrafts have enough room to fly without risking collisions or damage from these drones.