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Officials investigate possible drone crash into Mexican airplane

By Tauren Dyson
Officials investigate possible drone crash into Mexican airplane
A quadcopter drone with mounted camera is shown here. Photo by Newnow/Shutterstock

Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Aviation officials have launched an investigation into whether a drone crashed into a Boeing 737 jetliner at the U.S. border while approaching Tijuana, Mexico.

On Wednesday the nose of the Mexican Aeromexico Flight 773 broke off as the plane approached the Tijuana Airport.

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"The exact cause is still being investigated," Aeromexico said in a statement obtained by The Mercury News. "The aircraft landed normally and the passengers' safety was never compromised."

The flight originated from Guadalajara before reportedly veering into a flight-restricted area at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The first known crash with a drone and a plane happened in 2017, over Quebec City in Canada. A drone collided with a commercial flight, denting one wing before safely landing.

That same year, the National Transportation Safety Board investigated a drone collision with an Army Black Hawk helicopter over Staten Island, New York.

A Federal Aviation Administration report based on computer simulations show that a drone would cause greater damage to a plane than a bird.

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