Report: Drones more damaging than bird strikes to planes
FILE -- In this Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 photo, a staff member from DJI Technology Co. demonstrates the remote flying with his Phantom 2 Vision+ drone inside his office in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, November 28, 2017 10:10PM EST
Drones that collide with planes cause more damage than birds of the same size because of their solid parts such as motors and batteries.
That's according to a study released by the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday.
The report's researchers say aircraft-manufacturing standards designed for bird strikes aren't appropriate for ensuring planes can withstand collisions with drones.
Reports of close calls between drones and airliners have surged. Canadian officials say a drone hit a small charter plane last month over Quebec City, the first such incident in Canada. The plane landed safely.
A team of researchers from four universities used computers to simulate collisions between drones weighing 2.7 to 8 pounds (1.2 to 3.6 kilograms) and common airliners and business jets. In some cases, drones would have penetrated the plane's skin.