On Friday, a post-landing assessment discovered damage to a portion of the wing that produces more lift while flying at low speeds, raising the possibility that a huge drone may have struck an Emirates Airbus A380 superjumbo as it was approaching Nice Côte d’Azur Airport on the French Riviera.
Emirates flight EK77 to Nice landed safely on Friday after a six-hour trip from Dubai, and damage to the aircraft was discovered, after passengers disembarked.
Social media users posted pictures of one of the slats that had been removed from the wing with significant damage, including ripped and broken metal.
Although the origin of the damage has not yet been determined, several local media outlets claim that the aircraft may have been damaged by a sizable drone that was flying close to the airport.
If it is a drone, there may be legal repercussions because using a drone near an airport is normally prohibited, especially in France. All eyes will be on the BEA at this point to see whether they can identify the cause of this damage and, if a drone is involved, who is actually its owner.