In December last year, there were reports of a drone colliding with a Boeing 737 in Mexico. These were just the presumptions and the officials were investigating the case. The investigation is now finished, and it turns out that there was no drone after all.
Drones meeting “real aircraft” seems to be hitting the news more and more often these days. And right now the reports from social media are that it’s happened again. This time on a flight from Guadalajara to Tijuana, Mexico. While the reports that it was a drone have yet to be confirmed, that does seem to be the prevailing thought right now
We have seen a fantastic visualization that shows us the chaos a single drone can cause when flying near an airport. But what would happen if a drone actually hit an airplane? Researchers at the University of Dayton Research Institute teamed up with Sinclair College National UAS Training and Certification Center to find out. In this video from Aviation International News, you can see what happens to both the drone and the airplane when they collide in mid-air.
On July 2nd around 5 p.m., a drone was spotted flying near Gatwick Airport in the UK. We all know it’s forbidden to fly drones near airports, but maybe we’re not aware how much of a chaos it can cause. A recent visualization from NATS shows exactly how big the disruption was.
The runway was closed for 14 minutes and all the arriving flights were directed away. Although 14 minutes may not seem much, when you look at the visualization, you can realize how much mess a single drone near the airport can cause.
You know the drone flying regulations? Well, they exist for a reason. On Thursday, a drone crashed into a passenger plane above Jean Lesage airport in Quebec City, Canada. Fortunately, the plane only suffered minor damage. But Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said it could have been much different if the drone had crashed into the cockpit or the aircraft’s engine.