posted on Jul, 9 2008 @ 04:24 PM
The Tampa Tribune reports, “The Northwest flight was descending (July 6, 2008) into Tampa International Airport at an altitude of 18,000 feet when
the flight crew heard a ‘bang’ and then found the radar inoperative, said Kathleen Bergen of FAA Southern Region headquarters in Atlanta. Bergen
said, ‘The crew did not report a bird strike, but did tell ATC [air traffic control] that the radome collapsed. The crew suspected a radome issue
and slowed speed.’ ... Photographs of the dent on Northwest Flight 478 reveal a symmetrical circular pattern, but there is no sign of blood, which
often is present after a bird strike. Also, the damage did not resemble the irregular pattern that lightning can cause on a radome.” The plane was
repaired for Monday, July 7, 2008, service.
Radar damage picture indicates it hit a circular object..