I suppose a study could look back in time -- find time/location of those bubbles and check for aircraft which were in the vicinity of a bubble (not easy, but FAA/NTSB have radar playback equipment). If an aircraft was in, or near, a bubble, then see what happened in that situation./
A good idea, except that ATC voice and radar tapes are only preserved for 15 days, unless there is an accident, incident, or investigation that causes them to pull the tapes and preserve them. I'm only talking U.S. here, I have no clue how long or even if the rest of the world keeps such things. Also keep in mind that over large areas of the world, especially the oceans, there is *NO* radar coverage.
So maybe the present mystery is what the satellite pictures are showing. And if there are methane bubbles popping up, we might have been lucky that there haven't yet been unrecoverable incidents (there could have been unidentified turbulence incidents caused by this).
Personally, I think before we start worrying about how this may be affecting airplanes, we should determine what the phenomena really is, or if it even exists at all.
Why did I flip? I got tired of coming up with last minute desparate solutions to impossible problems created by other fucking people.
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