Baltimore Drone Blog- Click Bait: LAM TM136 Update

Baltimore Drone Blog- Click Bait: LAM TM136 Update

Drone is found not guilty in recent airline incident due to the aircraft's own structure failure

Turns out LAM Flight didn't hit a drone; the "drone strike" was actually a structural failure within the aircraft's nose. I get frustrated with these types of incidents because the media states a plane hit a drone in a breaking news headline. Without any actual proof, the media uses "drone" as a buzzword in the same sentence with "airline" and "collision", etc. This type of journalism is just scary. You're increasing public paranoia for no reason. Imagine the amount of people that saw headlines stating the drone did hit the plane versus headlines. If you're a drone enthusiast ask yourself which version did you see more while scrolling on Facebook.  Here are some sources that we're sure a drone made contact with a commercial airliner LOL.

When in fact, the Aviation Herald didn't say this. They said LAM thought it could be, not that it was. There are UAS that conduct surveys within close proximity to the airport currently but a robot wasn't at fault here. Maybe if a robot put the now of the LAM aircraft together? IDK? 

When in fact, the Aviation Herald didn't say this. They said LAM thought it could be, not that it was. There are UAS that conduct surveys within close proximity to the airport currently but a robot wasn't at fault here. Maybe if a robot put the now of the LAM aircraft together? IDK? 

When in fact, the Aviation Herald didn't say this. They said LAM thought it could be, not that it was. There are UAS that conduct surveys within close proximity to the airport currently but a robot wasn't at fault here. Maybe if a robot put the now of the LAM aircraft together? IDK? 

When in fact, the Aviation Herald didn't say this. They said LAM thought it could be, not that it was. There are UAS that conduct surveys within close proximity to the airport currently but a robot wasn't at fault here. Maybe if a robot put the now of the LAM aircraft together? IDK? 

I'm not sure what to make of all this. It's very frustrating when this type of incident occurs. Drones to blame, well, actually it's the user. Yes, there are catastrophic disasters with drones that are out of our control such as a bird diving into the UAS, a battery malfunction, or a shotgun blast. 

Baltimore Drone Blog- LAM Flight TM-136

Baltimore Drone Blog- LAM Flight TM-136

Photo credit: LAM

Photo credit: LAM

Has anyone heard about the LAM flight that collided a "drone" during final approach? There's been a lot of discussion on Facebook groups since January 6th. Although the incident took place in Tete, Mozambique news spread quickly on social media. LAM posted about the incident on Facebook

Immediately, the opinions being posted stacked up quickly. Some brought up the drones that are used in mining areas not far from the airport. A screenshot using Google Earth shows the proximity of the airport and the mines (red arrows). There's no doubt the two are close but that must've been one rogue drone. Is the mining company missing a drone?

Others have commented about how they've seen drones produce major damage when colliding with another aircraft. However, these were large military drones that weigh a couple hundred pounds. Yes, if a motorcycle sized drone had a collision with a commercial aircraft there would be significant damage. I have no idea what to believe, there's simply no proof. I look forward to hearing more about the investigation when more details have been shared. For now, here are a couple posts from Aviation Herald

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