Jazeera Plane Collides with Military Balloon

Post by Mark

Yesterday, a Jazeera Airways flight coming in from Riyadh collided with a military balloon similar to the one pictured below (actually might be the very same one). A friend sent me the video above which shows the balloon falling through the air and the damage done to the Jazeera plane. According to Jazeera, the plane continued to operate normally and land safely with all the passengers disembarking normally.

The Directorate General for Civil Aviation is currently investigating the incident to identify the on-ground and in-air circumstances that led to this incident.

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7 comments, add your own...

  1. Salah says:

    الحمدلله على سلامة الجميع

  2. Maz says:

    Considering there are US military bases around there, I would not be surprised if the NTSB showed up for the investigation (or start their own)

  3. Joe says:

    Someone at air traffic Control and/or Jazeera is going to get fired!

  4. Kuwait says:

    Looking at the damage to the engine, it could be the CABLE that was hit, not the balloon itself? Surely the pilot can see a giant balloon?

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