Plane hit by drone, No Injuries Reported

Plane hit by drone, No Injuries Reported

Plane hit by drone, No Injuries Reported

On Sunday a British Airways pilot on approach to London Heathrow said that he thought he collided with a drone.

According to British Airways, the plane didn’t get a scratch.

As the BBC reported, the Airbus A320 was flying from Geneva, Switzerland, to London Heathrow when the pilot  reported an object hitting the front of the plane, although it doesn’t appear to have caused any damage.

A British Airways spokesperson said: “Our aircraft landed safely, was fully examined by our engineers and it was cleared to operate its next flight.”

The police are investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made yet. In the UK, flying a drone near an airport is an offence punishable by up to five years in prison.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “A pilot on an inbound flight into Heathrow Airport from Geneva reported to police that he believed a drone had struck the aircraft.

“It transpired that an object, believed to be a drone, had struck the front of the aircraft.”

A drone colliding with a passenger aircraft is the absolute worst-case scenario, something that the FAA in the States has been warning of for years, and taking steps to prevent. But what would actually happen if a normal consumer drone hit an aircraft has always been unclear.

British Airways said in a statement: “Our aircraft landed safely, was fully examined by our engineers and it was cleared to operate its next flight.

“Safety and security are always our first priority and we will give the police every assistance with their investigation.”

According to Gizmodo, Research suggests that drone being sucked into the engine would only result in injury 0.2 percent of the time. That’s not to say everyone should fly their drones near airports to get some sick photos—it’s still dumb as hell—but that perhaps a drone hitting a plane won’t result in instant death for all involved.