University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) recently published a video showing what happens when a drone hits the wing of an airplane. DJI claims that the video is unrealistic, misleading, and damaging to the company’s reputation and to the drone industry in general. Consequently, they demand that UDRI withdraws the video immediately.
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.
Drone restrictions and regulations across the world often cite theoretical collisions with “real aircraft” as justification. Although it’s not so theoretical this time. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have released a report detailing an incident involving a DJI Phatom 4 and a US Army Black Hawk helicopter. Although it didn’t end in the destruction and devastation often portrayed on TV, it did leave a 1.5″ dent in the chopper’s propeller.
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.
It’s getting to become a pretty common occurrence lately. Somebody flies a drone, somebody else gets hit in the head by it. Well, when they’re not being speared out of the sky.
This time, however, it is believed that it wasn’t pilot error or a drone malfunction, but simply mother nature doing her thing as the drone collided with the face of aspiring model Jess Adams.