As drones become increasingly popular, stories of them flying too close to airports and airplanes are only getting more frequent. As such, researchers are investigating the effects one of these little devices might have on a plane if it were to directly strike the wing.
In this video above, the University of Dayton Research Institute created a test that mimics a mid-air collision at 238 miles per hour. The slow-motion footage demonstrates that even the relatively small 2.1-pound DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter can do significant damage, ripping a giant hole in the wing of this propeller-driven airplane. When you consider that much larger drones might soon be taking the skies en-masse for things like package delivery, we can see how important it is to improve drone air safety.