Ever wonder what could happen if a drone were to crash into a plane in mid-air? Researchers at the University of Dayton Research Institute wanted to find out, so they launched a DJI Phantom 4 drone into the sky from a cannon, which then crashed into a Mooney M20 airplane. This experiment was designed to mimic a midair collision between a 2.1-lb drone and an airplane at a speed of 238 miles per hour. Continue reading for another drone plane close-call compilation and more information.
“Within three hundredths of a second, the drone smashed into the plane’s wing. While many might think the drone would be destroyed upon impact, it actually tore open the airplane. The fast-spinning propellars on the drone ended up tearing through the plane’s wing, which damaged its main spar,” reports The Daily Mail.