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Mozambican plane with 86 passengers collides with object suspected to be drone

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A passenger plane with Mozambique’s LAM airline suffered damage after apparently colliding with an unknown object this week, the airline said Friday.

The website Aviation Herald said the object was a drone, but LAM sources said they could not confirm that.

The Boeing 737-700 with 86 people on board was travelling from the capital, Maputo, to Tete in the west on Thursday.

As the aircraft approached Tete’s airstrip, which was already visible, “the crew heard a bang, raising the possibility of a contact with an unknown object that, however, did not interfere with the flight,” LAM said in a statement.

The aircraft suffered damage on the right front side of the fuselage.

“A post-flight examination revealed a drone had impacted the right hand side of the radome,” Aviation Herald wrote.

LAM representatives declined to confirm the report and said the airline was investigating what had happened.

Report says a replacement aircraft was sent to Tete for the return flight.