Basketball Charter Flight Hits... Something

Discussion in 'UFOs, Ghosts and Monsters' started by Yazata, Oct 29, 2017.

  1. Yazata Valued Senior Member

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    This was a jet, carrying the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team to Chicago, reportedly cruising at roughly 30,000 feet, when it collided with a small object. The plane landed safely, nobody was hurt, but the nose radar fairing was kind of bashed in.

    Speculation is that it was a large bird. Except... this was 30,000 feet up.

    There are a small handful of birds in the world that can fly that high, but none in North America as far as I know. The highest-flying birds around here can maybe reach 20,000 ft.

    I'm pretty sure it wasn't Venus. I don't think it was aliens either. I'm not certain what it was.

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  3. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

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    Damn. It made quite a dent! I'm never stepping foot on another airplane.

    You're right about no birds in North America flying that high. The Griffon Vulture flies at 37,000 ft for some unknown reason, but they live over in Africa.
     
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  5. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Yup. A bird is somewhat implausible.

    Still orders of magnitude more plausible than a UFO.

    No one's saying it wasn't a UFO (as Project BlueBook was so find of saying) - but, again, think horses before pegasi.
     
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    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-...ne-lands-with-surprise-damage-shaken-athletes

    Delta spokeswoman Elizabeth Wolf told NPRthat although crews are still investigating, the "something" was likely a bird, a common culprit in midair collisions. She added the plane "sustained damage to its nose cone while on descent into Chicago."

    My bold

    Still going with this was 30,000 feet up?

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  8. Bells Staff Member

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    Do you have a link for that? By that I mean that this occurred at 30,000 feet?

    Everything I have read about it says that the damage was done as the plane was descending for landing after a turbulent flight.
     
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    Has anyone seen Sally Fields lately?
     
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    [ DUPE ]
     
  12. Gawdzilla Sama Registered Senior Member

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    The difference between the OP plane and the other pictures is that there is no fractures, no "starring" of the fuselage. This is indicative of a low-speed impact.

    Probably a tarmac boo-boo.
     
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    Could it have been:
     
  14. Kittamaru Now nearly 40 pounds lighter. Staff Member

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    Nah, cause if it were, they'd all be dead.

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    It's just viral marketing for the upcoming Rodan movie.
     

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