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Avianca A319 strikes pyrotechnic balloon on approach to BOG

Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:05 am

An Avianca A319, registered N557AV operating AV29 MCO-BOG struck a pyrotechnic balloon on approach to BOG on 31 December 2020. The aircraft landed safely at BOG.

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Re: Avianca A319 strikes pyrotechnic balloon on approach to BOG

Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:29 am

Wow!...is this a historic first?...


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Re: Avianca A319 strikes pyrotechnic balloon on approach to BOG

Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:20 am

Thank god that they were able to land safely. They could have been nasty crash. Hope the investigators finds who ever launched those balloons.
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Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:08 pm

I've never heard of a "pyrotechnic balloon", and an online search of it didn't lead to a proper explanation of it. Is this supposed to be like a hot air balloon? That looks like a lot of giant confetti strings or tinsel.

ADDENDUM: On second thought, was this supposed to be like those giant balloon floats that you would see on the the Macy's Thanksgiving parade?
 
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Re: Avianca A319 strikes pyrotechnic balloon on approach to BOG

Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:39 pm

La Florida recreational park is located beneath and on the ILS and landing path trajectory to runway 13L at BOG/SKBO Eldorado International Airport. Being December 31 it is for the fireworks show of new year's celebration. The balloon is loaded with fireworks and used to elevate them to an altitude above the ground to make the show and display a much better sight to see.
 
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Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:53 pm

Not all of these involve pyrotechnics (aka fireworks) as many are simply miniature “hot air balloons” in colorful designs that are designed to float in the sky for a while at night and then when the flame dies out, it will gently fall to the ground. They are generally harmless, unless of course an Airbus flies into one during the night. In Colombian Spanish, it is called a “globo”.
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Re: Avianca A319 strikes pyrotechnic balloon on approach to BOG

Sat Jan 02, 2021 3:44 pm

Avianca press release regarding AV29

https://twitter.com/JacdecNew/status/13 ... 72736?s=20
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Re: Avianca A319 strikes pyrotechnic balloon on approach to BOG

Sat Jan 02, 2021 5:53 pm

Wait a second, hit the balloon on landing?!? That implies control of the balloon was lost...


Thanks for the descriptions of a polytechnic balloon. Here in California, Polytechnic is a University founded to teach science and engineering and would imply the University's balloon and not a display balloon.

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Re: Avianca A319 strikes pyrotechnic balloon on approach to BOG

Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:07 pm

lightsaber wrote:
Wait a second, hit the balloon on landing?!? That implies control of the balloon was lost...


Thanks for the descriptions of a polytechnic balloon. Here in California, Polytechnic is a University founded to teach science and engineering and would imply the University's balloon and not a display balloon.

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Re: Avianca A319 strikes pyrotechnic balloon on approach to BOG

Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:25 pm

This was an extremely serious incident and it was very lucky that it ended safely. I heard of a case a while back where a Jazeera (?) A320 struck a balloon cable on approach to KWI. Thankfully that ended safely too (although the damage was much more serious than here).

One can only imagine the likely damage to the aircraft had any of those pyrotechnics exploded or went off on impact.

This level of stupidity defied belief; releasing balloons in an area where aircraft might pass over is bad enough, but a balloon carrying pyrotechnics must surely meet the threshold for criminal negligence.
 
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Sun Jan 03, 2021 6:51 pm

qf789 wrote:
Avianca press release regarding AV29

https://twitter.com/JacdecNew/status/13 ... 72736?s=20


So Avianca's press release states the balloon was reached by a hot air balloon when it had already landed

Does this mean the balloon drifted across the aircraft's path, and that the aircraft was perhaps already stationary or could be brought to a halt before 'impact'? Or did the plane 'drive' into the balloon? This gets even more curious.
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Re: Avianca A319 strikes pyrotechnic balloon on approach to BOG

Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:33 pm

Apparently the accident happened after the balloon ignored calls by ATC to increase its speed to 180 knots.
 
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Re: Avianca A319 strikes pyrotechnic balloon on approach to BOG

Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:48 pm

Ok..... such a 2020 story... CRAZY!!!! Just glad we are all kind of laughing about it instead of the other possibility
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