Airbus A320

It has just been reported that a drone crashed into a plane (a British Airways aircraft carrying 132 passengers plus five crew members) for the first time ever recorded.

The Airbus A320 was apparently flying from Geneva, Switzerland and headed to London’s Heathrow Airport when the plane was struck, the pilot of the aircraft asserts. While still unconfirmed, authorities concur with the pilot’s speculation that it was drone that hit the plane.

Flight path of the British Airways aircraft.

Fortunately, no one was hurt during the incident, and the plane landed safely at Heathrow. It remains unclear as to whose drone it was and no arrests have been made. it’s also unlikely that an individual will come forward of their own volition, which is why many governing bodies insist on regulation and registration.

Engineers have since cleared the aircraft for its next flight.

Between 2013 to 2015, experts have already reviewed 921 cases of drones and manned aircrafts coming dangerously close (within 150 meters/500 feet) of each other.

Drones pose a major risk for larger aircrafts, given that they can easily be sucked into the plane’s engine or slam into the cockpit window, which could potentially cause injury, a crash, or even death.

Indeed, Stephen Landells, who is the flight safety specialist at the British Airline Pilots Association, said people flying drones irresponsibly are “putting lives in danger,” and he continues: “If yesterday’s incident does prove to be a collision then I think we’re very fortunate that it didn’t hit a critical part of the aircraft, otherwise we’d be having a very different conversation.”


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