Heh, can’t wait to hear from others on your thoughts of using Fox news as a definitive answer
Also taken from your very Fox source while bopping in there…
“The website FlightAware.com, which uses information from the FAA to track the path of aircraft, shows the United jet flew south of a storm in Missouri and Kansas.”
It’s just not standard practice for a pilot to fly near a thunderstorm. Severe storms, FAA recommends 20 NM clearance and the flight track on Flight Aware seems to verify the flight complied with that recommendation. The fact that they did not deviate also makes me think they felt they were far enough away from the activity.
For a pilots point of view, faa.gov/air_traffic/publicat … m0701.html may help you what is suggested for course of action.
Scroll down to 7-1-14 for weather avoidance assistance in the above reference…
AOPA thunderstorm flying can be found at aopa.org/asf/wx/articles/795.html Note in this reference, pilots are to avoid flying under the anvil. (as I understand it to avoid possible hail being tossed out)
I fly a small GA plane and it’s ingrained in our training T’storms are to be avoided at all costs.
I just don’t see objective data between the satellite images in your original post and Flight Aware supporting that this flight was inside the thunderstorms.:
I see exactly what you are talking about on the images with the overshooting anvil tops but that seems to come down on the flight path after the flight has flown by.
I learned more about “tilts” in updrafts in my glider lessons these past couple of months then in my 8 years of flying a small GA plane Pilots become weather weanies in various degrees.