Dear Pilot: It Wasn’t A Drone, It Was A Bat That You Collided With

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Dear Pilot: It Wasn’t A Drone, It Was A Bat That You Collided With

I’m always happy when I see an article like the one below. This article, titled “Bat, not drone, blamed for light plane collision during landing at Parafield Airport” makes a correction to an earlier story. In Australia, originally they were attributing a collision incident with a light plane to a drone, now they are attributing it to a bat. Drones don’t always get the best representation in the media, so corrections like this help in my opinion.

A light plane most likely hit a bat when coming in to land at Adelaide’s Parafield Airport and not a drone as first thought, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has said.

Earlier this month, a pilot reported hitting what he thought was a drone when landing at the airport in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

“After landing, the instructor conducted an inspection of the aircraft and found minor damage to the right wing,” the ATSB said in a statement on its website.

“As there were no visible signs of biological matter, he contacted the control tower and reported the incident as a possible drone strike.”

Today it announced it was calling off the investigation, after swabs from the plane were sent to the Australian Museum for DNA testing.

That testing revealed the object hit was most likely a grey-headed flying-fox, from the bat family.

Bat, not drone, blamed for light plane collision during landing at Parafield Airport

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:23+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|Drones, Interesting, Safety|Comments Off on Dear Pilot: It Wasn’t A Drone, It Was A Bat That You Collided With

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