A British Airways plane with 137 people on board thought to have been struck by an object as it approached Heathrow airport in London was probably not hit by a drone as first thought, the government said Thursday.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told MPs it was now thought what happened “was not a drone incident”.
Air accident investigators said they had not ruled out a drone but had no evidence to support the suggestion.
An investigation was launched after the pilot of a BA flight from Geneva on April 17 said an object struck the plane.
The Metropolitan Police had said the plane was flying at about 1,700ft over the area of Richmond Park, in south west London, at the time of the incident.