The Boeing 737-700 collided with the drone as it approached the city of Tete in Mozambique
Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM) owns the aircraft, which was carrying 80 passengers and six crew on board.
LAM Flight TM136 was travelling from Maputo in the south of the country.
The drone caused extensive damage to the right side of its nose dome and fuselage, but the plane was able to land safely, with no injuries reported.
The airline said in a statement that the crew were made aware of the incident while still in the air.
A spokesperson for LAM said: “At that moment, the crew heard a bang, which alerted them to the possibility of the aircraft having made contact with an external body – but it didn’t disrupt the normal conduct of the flight.”
Passengers were transferred to their next destination by another plane.
The drone caused extensive damage to the Boeing’s nose and fuselage
If the object is confirmed as a drone, it would be one of the first remote-controlled aircraft worldwide to collide with a passenger jet.
The Boeing 737-700 landed safely after the drone collided with the plane
The Airbus A320 was 200m east of the skyscraper – the tallest building in western Europe – when the drone reportedly flew around 20m away from the aircraft.
The plane, which had up to 165 passengers onboard, was about to land at Heathrow Airport when the pilot spotted the unmanned drone through the cockpit window.
The crew watched as the black object, which is believed to have measured around 50cm across, hovered over the aircraft’s right wing before moving towards the plane’s tail.
Dr. Hans C. Mumm