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.
In May of 2014, a Cessna 150 plane was involved in a fatal plane crash at the Front Range Airport, just outside of Denver, Colorado. A report released today by the National Transportation Safety Board reports the reason for the crash, which killed the pilot and passenger on the plane, was likely caused by the pilot taking selfies in the cockpit.
Investigators working on the case recovered a GoPro camera near the wreckage of the plane, on which they discovered footage of the pilot and a passenger taking selfies using a cell phone with the flash activated. The report notes the timestamps from the GoPro images were not reliable; however, they appear to be taken on the day prior to and the day of the accident. On both days, the pilot and two different passengers were recorded taking selfies, but the crash itself was not recorded by the GoPro.[Read More…]