News organizations are reporting that a drone collided with a Boeing 737-700 aircraft on its approach to Mozambique’s Tete Airport yesterday. Tete is the capital city of Tete Province in Mozambique. It is reported that there were eighty passengers and six crew on the flight. The Mirror reported that the crew heard a bang, which alerted them to the possibility of the aircraft “having made contact with an external body. The event did not disrupt the normal conduct of the flight.”
There are no reports of the pilots, crew, or passengers making visual contact with the drone. There have been previous reports of near-misses between drones and commercial aircraft but this is the first time that the Drone Manufacturers Association has issued a statement about a drone/aircraft crash.
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