I’ve Just Seen… What?

Missing aircraft – News, Research and Analysis – The Conversation – page 1

I’ve just seen a very queer thing.

I was watching an airplane fly across the sky, way up there, when it flew into a cloud. “Over a cloud” is probably more accurate, but from where I sat, “into a cloud” is what it looked like. A nice, big, isolated cloud with plenty of empty blue sky around it.

And the plane never came out the other side.

How could that be? It should have passed through the cloud, or over it, and reappeared in another few seconds. But it didn’t.

Oh, there’s possibly a dull, prosaic explanation for it; but I don’t know what that might be. All I know is, the airplane went into the cloud (or over it) and that was the very last I saw of it.

P.S.–I think I might be able to tackle writing a Newswithviews piece tomorrow. Wish me luck, and keep me in your prayers.

4 comments on “I’ve Just Seen… What?

  1. Every pilot knows that lone clouds are the vicar’s wading pools of the sky. Actually, I believe that was on the first page of the first chapter of my first flight manual. 🙂

    Just guessin’ here, but I’d say that the place probably entered the cloud from below and came out the top, but you couldn’t see it come out the top, because the cloud was in the way.

    It’s a matter of visual perspective and a friendly looking, white fluffy little cloud looks a lot different from the air. What looks like a cute little puffball from the ground is pretty large when you fly into it. If you enter one of those little puffball clouds in a light plane, you can gain 100’ of altitude in a split second. I once was on an instrument flight where our path took us in and out of a series of these puffball clouds and it was like a roller coaster.

    Transport category planes (Airliners) are less affected, but they are still dwarfed by most clouds.

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