Tue, May 01, 2012
Some News Report Indicated That Unidentified Lights May Have Been Present
Officials in Pakistan are saying that the April 20th accident involving a Bhoja Airlines Boeing 737 was caused by the airliner's fuel tanks catching fire and exploding while on approach to Islamabad Airport, but some news reports have added a layer of mystery to the accident which fatally injured all 127 people on board the airplane.
The pilot made a mayday call moments before the disaster, and reported that a fuel tank had caught fire and the plane was out of control. Authorities said the jet had been properly positioned at the beginning of the approach but then descended suddenly to 200 feet while flying at 300mph. It then descended another 50 feet before its tanks exploded. Given the violent thunderstorm raging in the vicinity, some experts have speculated that wind shear may have been a factor in the jet’s inability to hold altitude.
But the Daily Mail of India cites a Russian news report which shows footage of three mysterious lights moving in formation. That has led to speculation in the UFO community that an extraterrestrial may have been involved. The news report suggests the pilot could have been distracted by the object, and even complained to the control tower at Islamabad Airport as he made his approach.
A judicial investigation into the accident has been ordered, and the head of Bhoja Air has been restricted from leaving the country. Interior Minister Rehman Malik said, "It is being said that the aircraft was quite old, so it has been ordered to investigate thoroughly the air worthiness of the Bhoja Air aircraft. 'The causes will be investigated, whether it was any fault in the aircraft, it was lightning, the bad weather or any other factor that caused the loss of precious lives," he added. The plane's flight data recording systems, key to any investigation, have been recovered.
Also: Air Power Museum, ANN Could Use A Little Help From Its Friends, GE Honda, Mexican-Registry TBM 900, Legacy 500, BBJ Winglets, Wheels Up Order The new Falcon 5X is getting clo>[...]
But Engineers Say The 'Plane Pond' Is The Result Of Serendipity It didn't start out to look like an airplane, but engineers building a water retention pond near Boeing's North Char>[...]
JV Awarded Fuel System For GE9X Engine Powering The New Boeing 777X Woodward has announced a strategic 50/50 joint venture for fuel systems for GE's large commercial aircraft engin>[...]
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13) As we go about our business enjoying a holiday weekend, let us not forget what this is>[...]
Inflow Notch A radar signature characterized by an indentation in the reflectivity pattern on the inflow side of the storm. The indentation often is V-shaped, but this term should >[...]