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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 186513
Last updated: 16 January 2020
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Date:17-APR-2016
Time:12:50 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-232
Owner/operator:British Airways
Registration: G-EUYP
C/n / msn: 5784
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 137
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Over Richmond Park, Surrey, East of London Heathrow Airport -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Geneva, Switzerland (GVA)
Destination airport:London Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL)
Narrative:
A British Airways Airbus A320-200, registration G-EUYP performing flight BA-727 from Geneva (Switzerland) to London Heathrow, UK with 132 passengers and 5 crew, was on final approach to Heathrow's runway 27L when the crew reported a drone had impacted the aircraft. The A320 continued for a safe landing on runway 27L and taxied to the apron.

The airline reported the aircraft received minor damage, when an object impacted the nose section of the aircraft. The aircraft was fully examined and has already been cleared to depart for its next flight.

London Police reported an object believed to be a drone impacted the nose of the aircraft. No arrests have been made so far, the investigation is ongoing. The occurrence aircraft was able to resume service 2 hours after landing.

Subsequent press reports have stated that the collision was not with a UAV ("drone") at all, but with a plastic shopping bag blown into the aircraft's path by the prevailing winds (see link #2), Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has told MPs it is believed "that was not a drone incident".

An investigation by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has been closed because of lack of evidence. A spokesman said: "We made initial inquiries but there was insufficient information on what object was involved for us to take it further."

Sources:

1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36067591
2. http://news.sky.com/story/1686760/ba-plane-strike-did-not-involve-a-drone
3. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/21/drone-believed-to-have-hit-british-airways-flight-may-have-been/
4. http://avherald.com/h?article=4970605b&opt=0


Images:

Photo of G-EUYP courtesy AirHistory.net


London - Heathrow (EGLL / LHR)
14 September 2019; (c) Stephen Rendle

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Apr-2016 18:36 Aerossurance Added
17-Apr-2016 18:38 Aerossurance Updated [Cn, Total occupants, Embed code, Narrative, Plane category]
17-Apr-2016 18:39 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Narrative]
18-Apr-2016 07:16 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
18-Apr-2016 09:14 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
29-Apr-2016 14:46 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
16-Sep-2017 16:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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