Drug trafficker? The C172, a rental from the Windsor Flying Club, had no active transponder, made no communication with ATC. Just swooped down in fog and darkness somewhere between 2am and 3am. Makes no sense if were a legitimate pilot. A legit pilot would be in radio contact with Nashville Intl. ATC, probably placed in a hold or diverted. The guy stealthed it onto Rwy02, went splat. Tower can't see through fog. No x-ponder = no ground radar. Airport crew that sweeps the runway before the crash won't be able to discover a crash scene that hasn't yet occurred.
Of course, F=MA. I don't know what the math is for a deflecting inelastic collision between a B737 with a mass upwards to 50,000kg against a 1kg bird (the Comair incident) or B757 against whatever that involved. No numbers have been published. And most of all it's China. The 26,000' altitude claim could be false.
Bird strikes are most common at t/o, short final and approach. But have happened as high as ~37.000'. Incredible microscopic needle in a haystack misfortune.
The 737 hit a yellow-billed kite after V1 on t/o from Durban, RSA. The Captain and Comair confirmed the event.
Soft tissue birds *deflected* off radomes (hollow, non-rigid object) do not leave behind blood evidence. Scuffing is not uncommon, but no blood, unless the bird was already bleeding outward, therefore presented the material. For one, the impact event transpires faster than the bird can egress blood. Two, under impact physics, with the bird's skin and blood, veins, arteries, each immediate adjacent layers meeting the impact surface at basically in unison, the skin and veins would have to be ripped apart for blood to escape and occurring faster than kinetic energy can deflect the bird and all its matter off to whichever so-called new path.
I don't know which or how many bird strikes you've been involved with, but all collisions, whether elastic or inelastic all conform to the laws of physics. All of which include the transfer of energies between dynamic matter.
This is a bird strike on the radome of a B737 http://avherald.com/h?article=45b9d9a8 Fairly uniform compression, no scuffing.
Birds don't explode on impact. They tend to punch through aluminum if direct hit or deflect in off-angle. Can sometimes leave scuff marks (as in this case), sometimes not. Birds ingested into engines leaves snarge because are blendered.
Have to figure,with millions of radome incident-free airliner flights on the books, that Boeing radome designers know what they're doing. They're built in accordance with the buckling equation.
This story is from the Toronto Sun. If you ever take a tour of its plant, the tour guide will personally vouch is the biggest rag in the history of Canadian journalism. At least what happened on my school trip years ago.
This aircraft declared a medical mayday to Toronto Centre over North Bay. The ACARS flight data is inaccurate, it's purported triangular approach path is even inexplicable when such flights make a beeline instead of meandering around. The 1st officer suffered some undisclosed ailment. Who knows, possibly asthma. Something debilitating. The cause hasn't been published.
The Captain would've assumed control as a medivac flight and given #1 landing priority. EMS rendezvous once coming to a stop on the assigned runway and on to whichever nearby hospital for hopefully a speedy recovery. In all, delaying the flight to NJ by maybe an hour.
You missed the point. If critical angle of attack is reached, and all the cargo has slid aft, at ~0kts, the 747 now basically hanging in the air at substantial nose-up angle with no or minimal forward velocity, wouldn't it just drop tail-first?
Can't see the reply here. Whenever I get the email notice that a poster has commented and click the page link, only the original post appears, nothing else. Happens every time. I can see all the replies to other posts. Just not this.
The passenger's, Gary A. Marsh, Prof. of Aviation Technology at Andrews University in Michigan, most recent available C.V. (2010) says only ASEL FAA-certified flight instructor.
That's my only point in reply to various media accounts mentioning "flight instructor."