The most recent full year of data is 2012, when O'Hare reported 251 strikes - up 111 percent over the previous five years. Midway reported a total of eighty bird strikes in 2012, staying relatively flat over the same five-year period. Nationwide, pilots report an average of 6,000 strikes a year with birds and other wildlife. Those reports have increased -- fivefold -- over the past twenty years.
No report of finding the drone either. It wouldn't be going anywhere either after that collision if it happened. I would assume many people were scrambled to look for it. We'll see where the story goes.
The study found that, based on existing data, an incident in which an aircraft is damaged by a drone weighing 4.5 pounds [or less] should happen once every 1.87 million years of drone flight time. An injury or fatality? About 100 times less likely than that.
I'm a person who doesn't like various things in the sky. Balloon festivals are one of them. I know, I know, I'm a crank.
What unmanned object can fly 1,700 feet in the air and crash into planes? A hobbyist drone—or just a plastic bag, according to the United Kingdom’s minister of transport.
The mystery object that reportedly crashed into a British Airways plane last Sunday during its descent to Heathrow airport in London may have caused a false alarm, says the transport minister, Robert Goodwill. He says the initial report of a drone-plane crash came from a tweet from local law enforcement that turned out to be untrue after a weeklong investigation. Initial reports of a dent in the front of the plane were also untrue.
“There was no actual damage to the plane, and there's indeed some speculation that it may have even been a plastic bag or something,” Goodwill said.