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Plane Vs Balloon

Tue Mar 20, 2001 5:02 pm

What would be the result of an American Airlines Md-80 striking a weather balloon at FL310 going around mach .76?
 
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RE: Plane Vs Balloon

Tue Mar 20, 2001 5:31 pm

I think the balloon would get sucked into the engines.
 
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RE: Plane Vs Balloon

Tue Mar 20, 2001 8:10 pm

The MD80 would probably bounce off the balloon.
 
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RE: Plane Vs Balloon

Wed Mar 21, 2001 2:41 am

I want some serious analysis as this almost happened on Sunday.
 
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RE: Plane Vs Balloon

Wed Mar 21, 2001 2:44 am

Well, let's go with the 'balloon getting sucked in the engine' theory. It would probably core the engine, and the plane would have to make an emergency landing at a suitable site. I've heard about jet engines sucking in volcanic ash, with similar results.

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RE: Plane Vs Balloon

Wed Mar 21, 2001 2:54 am

I don't think so much would happen. All engines are built to manage a collision with an objekt in the air. I saw pictures from the testing of on e engine for the 777 and nothing happend when they throwed a bird in it. So I don't think it would be affected.

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RE: Plane Vs Balloon

Wed Mar 21, 2001 4:00 am

Booyala-Where did this almost happen?
 
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RE: Plane Vs Balloon

Wed Mar 21, 2001 4:06 am

I believe that the impact would probably cause comparable damage to that caused say by the impact with a large bird - like a goose. If the instrument package happened to be injested by an engine when you could write off that engine. It's not too hard to imagine a catastrophic scenario where the flight crew was incapacitated or worse, afterall, pilots have been killed as a result of bird strikes, but it's highly unlikely.
 
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RE: Plane Vs Balloon

Wed Mar 21, 2001 4:08 am

I dont think a weather balloon would have a whole lot of effect... they are very thin and would get melted near instantaneously by the engine core. The balloon is very light and doesnt have much mass at all... so i would say it would be less critical than a birdstrike.
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RE: Plane Vs Balloon

Wed Mar 21, 2001 5:22 am

Booyala-Where did this almost happen?

About 10 nm miles north of the RZS VOR
 
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RE: Plane Vs Balloon

Wed Mar 21, 2001 7:05 am

As far as I know they don't just send the baloons up but it includes some instruments to measure temperature,pressure etc.So this baloon could have some package attached to it.And now think about it colliding it from the cocpit window.The result could be disasterous.On the other hand loosing an engine, can still make it to ground safely but anyting hitting onthe fuselage can seriously effect the aerodynamics in my opinion.
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