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.