Plane hit by mysterious object

2013-06-12 08:29
Chengdu - A passenger jet has been forced to make an emergency landing, after an unidentified “foreign object” smashed into its nose cone at 26 000 feet.

The Independent reports, a large dent and scraped paintwork was visible on the Air China Boeing 757 after it landed safely at Chengdu Airport on Monday. It was forced to turn back after the pilot said he was struggling to control the plane. View the images here

A bird strike has been ruled out as no blood or feathers were found as investigators try to determine what hit the plane. There has even been speculation that it could have been hit by a drone.

The plane was flying at around 26 000 feet, climbing over China 20 minutes after take-off during an internal flight between Chengdu and Guangzhou, when passengers are said to have heard a loud bang.

At the time the pilot is thought to have been unaware of the damage, but contacted air traffic control to report stability issues shortly after hearing the noise.

“Analysis of the damaged nose cone should reveal microscopic traces of whatever struck the aircraft,”  a former government UFO investigator said. But he added, “Will the notoriously secretive Chinese authorities reveal the truth about what happened?”

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