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E.T. Phone Insurance: Chinese Passenger Aircraft Has High Altitude Collision With “Unknown Object”

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A Chinese flight was cut short earlier this week when the passenger aircraft had a high altitude collision with an “unknown object”, putting a heck of a dent in the hood and grounding the plane. Did a commercial aircraft get into a fender bender with a UFO?

On June 4th, Air China flight CA4307 took off towards Guangzhou, but just 40 minutes later, a mid-air collision with a mysterious foreign object resulted in “worsened performance”, and sent the flight back to its departure point.

When the aircraft landed, and the passengers were safely escorted off, maintenance crews noticed a huge dent in the nose of the plane, prompting an internal investigation into the incident that remains ongoing.

There’s been a lot of speculation about whether or not a bird could have caused a dent of that size, but according to aircraft control, the collision occurred at around 26,000 feet, an altitude with far too little oxygen for anything to survive unaided. Furthermore, there isn’t a drop of blood anywhere near the point of contact, something that occurs in almost every case of plane vs. bird collisions.

There are, however, paint transfer marks, which rules out another popular theory regarding collapsing air pressure in the nose. The plane did hit something, and whatever it was has some new white pinstripes.

Perhaps the plane hit a secret government drone? A wayward piece of falling space junk? A meteor? An unidentified flying object?

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Greg Newkirk

Greg Newkirk

Senior Editor at Who Forted
Documentary film-maker, professional monster chaser, and mystery monger, Greg is the senior editor for Who Forted? 'Zine. When he's not occupied by writing about the wide world of the weird, he's busy directing and editing documentary films like The Bigfoot Hunter: Still Searching or writing about offbeat travel for Roadtrippers. He's currently in production on his new project: an original documentary web series titled Planet Weird. He currently lives in Cincinnati.
Greg Newkirk
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13 Comments

  1. Raven Storm

    06/08/2013 at 9:34 AM

    Maybe they encountered gremlins!? (Reminds me of that Twilight Zone movie, nightmare at 20,000ft with John Lithgow & original with William Shatner).

  2. Coppertop

    06/08/2013 at 9:49 AM

    I’m gonna guess drone. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a tale of a UFO having a paint job. :D

    • Henry

      06/08/2013 at 8:23 PM

      You can’t prove they don’t have paint jobs though.

      • Coppertop

        06/09/2013 at 4:11 PM

        Sir, you get me a ufo, and I will key the hell out of the thing, just to see if there’s paint or not.8

        • Henry Paterson

          06/09/2013 at 9:56 PM

          Only if it is double parked, or in a handicap zone without a sticker.

  3. Henry

    06/08/2013 at 11:30 AM

    They did not report a collision at 26,000 feet, they reported mechanical failure which could have been a manifestation of interrupted aerodynamics caused by the large dent. They may have actually stuck the object during or soon after take-off. Which still does not make it a bird, but does make it more likely to have been of terrestrial origin.

  4. rainesalatte

    06/09/2013 at 1:30 AM

    Alas poor Mothra…

  5. Conquistador3

    06/09/2013 at 2:05 AM

    Occasionally similar damages are caused by rapidly heating and expanding air due to static discharge. Weather radar (WX) radomes are made of thin, hollow aluminum and the biggest problem with similar damages is the WX antenna becomes jammed.
    Similar static discharge episodes are announced by a huge bang that may be mistaken for an impact, usually followed by a WX failure alert.
    Practice is to level the plane at 10000 ft and 300 knots to see if there are adverse effects. However Air China procedures may be dictate immediate landing at the nearest airport: I admit not knowing much about that airline.

    If Air China does things by the book they will send the radome back to Boeing for analysis and double check the aircraft flight data recorders.

  6. @OtherworldNE

    06/10/2013 at 6:09 AM

    Visible damage seen on Chinese airliner after collision with unknown object at 26.000 feet http://t.co/V6k02Yx0cM

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