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ted hughes05/11/2016 14:12:44
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Apologies if this has already been discussed.

Reported on MSN news:**LINK**

..05/11/2016 14:18:36
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This is from April on the link , & I believe it turned out to be a plastic bag.

ted hughes05/11/2016 14:21:56
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Oh yeah, I heard about that.

I thought this was something new!

Bob Burton05/11/2016 14:22:42
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Did you notice that the story dates from the 18th of April 2016 ?

The conclusion was that "A passenger plane thought to have been struck as it approached Heathrow airport was probably not hit by a drone after all, the government says."

..05/11/2016 14:35:06
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Posted by ted hughes on 05/11/2016 14:21:56:

Oh yeah, I heard about that.

I thought this was something new!

No Ted not new this time , but I doubt it will be long sadly.

Dave Hopkin05/11/2016 14:45:49
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Noticed the distinct lack of Media Hysteria over these deadly drones recently, seems to have gone all quiet since Brexit took over the headlines...................

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I spotted this during a short family break in the west county, **LINK**

Phil 905/11/2016 17:27:48
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Posted by Justin K. on 05/11/2016 15:04:08:

I spotted this during a short family break in the west county, **LINK**

oh dear. but I think this says more about todays society rather than drone flying

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator05/11/2016 18:12:05
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If I recall correctly the crew reported this as a drone strike - it was the complete lack of damage that first raised suspicions that it wasn't. Later it was concluded that, on the balance of evidence it was a plastic carrier bag or similar.

Makes you wonder:

1. Maybe we should ban carrier bags?

2. How many other so-call drone near misses are actually carrier bag near misses?

3. Isn't it surprising interesting that on a slack news day the false story "plane strikes drone" re-emerges but not the true story "plane strikes carrier bag"?

4. Isn't it fascinating that people still hit on the story - almost with enthusiasm - and even when it wrong satisfy themselves with the belief that one day it will be right - even though in reality it seems to be quite likely, based on this, that the world is actually full of misguided souls RC flying carrier bags around airports rather than drones. wink 2

Its a funny old world. Pity we couldn't get as much enthusiasm for a thread "plane strikes carrier bag" - maybe I should start one,....probably be only one post though sad Never mind,....

BEB

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Martin Harris05/11/2016 18:29:40
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Strewth - ASDA in Luton is just yards from the airport and I know they have literally thousands of plastic bags secreted in the building (I've seen evidence of this at the check-outs). I wonder if it's part of a terrorist plot?

Geoff Jackson05/11/2016 18:51:33
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There used to be in the 70s a road at the back of Heathrow near the peritrack that was lined with trees. When it was windy they fruited with black plastic. It was known as bin-bag lane! Why am I not surprised that the drone turned into a plastic bag!

Steve J05/11/2016 19:36:59
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The plastic bag business comes from a statement made by Robert Goodwill MP (at the time with the Ministry for Transport. A fuller quote is -

"The reported drone strike on Sunday has not been confirmed it was actually a drone. It was the local police force that tweeted that they had a report of a drone striking an aircraft. And indeed the early reports of a dent in the front of the plane were not confirmed - there was no actual damage to the plane and there's indeed some speculation that it may have even been a plastic bag or something."

Steve

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