From: Terrence Brown <mrbrownsdi.nul> Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:49:42 -0400 Archived: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 05:57:48 -0400 Subject: Re: Seems UFO Pilots Are Getting Careless >From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 22:45:33 +0100 >Subject: Seems UFO Pilots Are Getting Careless >UFO hits Air China Aeroplane The source of the online reports seems to be The Aviation Herald. http://avherald.com/h?article=463508bb&opt=0 A commentor said he had experienced this before: "I had exactly the same thing happen to me on a flight out of LHR to YYZ on a 747-400. What caused it was a static discharge while climbing through snow showers at about 6000 feet on departure. There was a huge bang and flash followed by the wx radar failing. We leveled off at 10,000 feet and accelerated to 300 knots to see if there was any adverse effect. Since the aircraft felt perfectly normal we carried on to Toronto. As we approached the gate, the ramp hands were pointing at the nose. When we got off we saw that the radome was pushed in as if a huge fist had punched it in the nose. As it turned out the pressure from the rapidly heated and expnded air had done the damage. The radar antenna had jammed." I can't assess the explanation, but a commentator on another site noted some plane noses are deformable by design, giving this link to a patent, which says: "An aircraft forward pressure bulkhead as described herein includes a malleable and deformable dome that is configured to 'catch' foreign objects, such as birds. The dome is intentionally designed to deform in response to a foreign object strike that imparts at least a threshold amount of impact energy to the bulkhead. The dome is free of rigid stiffeners and non- deformable reinforcement members that would otherwise hinder the flexible characteristic of the dome." http://www.google.com/patents/US20070164152 Therefore, we should take care not to make too much of this. Oh! My warning is too late for The Sun! (Nice graphic.) http://tinyurl.com/n88h9n8 Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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