100,000 drones increasing the risk of flight crash in Britain

Published on : Friday, October 14, 2016

dronePassenger aircrafts over the airspace of Britain are facing an increasing risk of crash as almost 100,000 drones are crowding the sky of UK at present.



According to study, in 2016 alone, almost 50 aircrafts have nearly averted crashing into drones. In 2015, 29 flights have experienced near-misses over the skies of Britain.



The air safety specialists are expressing their concerns over the increasing risk of mid-air flight crashes because of the drones, which belong to the ‘hobbyists’.



According to Steve Landells of British Airline Pilots’ Association, “They are coming in conflict with manned aircraft. With the numbers being flown, there is a concern that one of them is going to hit an aircraft.” He has also informed that if a drone hits a helicopter or light aircraft it’s almost certain that will crash. Landells has stated that any aircraft coming down in a built-up area is likely to be catastrophic, with loss of life on the ground.



It is believed that a collision with a drone can cause the windscreen of a plane to shatter and the impact can also send pieces of glass into the cockpit. The crash might also take out the pilots of the flight.



According to the flight experts, a plane with more than one engine can still keep floating but the crash could cause some serious trouble by piercing a fuel tank or damaging a wing of the flight.



Recent figures show that every year, almost tens of thousands of drones are sold in the United Kingdom.



Although 50 near-misses have been reported in 2016, but the aviation experts think that the actual number may vary, as it is not always possible for the pilot to spot the little flying machines.



As technology is advancing day by day, the drones are becoming more powerful. Some of the drones even have the potential to reach over 12,000 ft of height.



According to Craig Lippet, the chairman of the Association of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, presently, there are almost 3,500 qualified drone-pilots in Britain. He has also added, “There are probably somewhere between 85,000 to 100,000 drone aircraft in the UK – and they’re going up exponentially. You can find any number of YouTube tutorials to get you trained and the aircraft can be airborne within two to three hours. They are consumer operators – they don’t know about regulation, they don’t know about training and in most cases they don’t even know there is a regulation they must comply with.”



Lippet has also informed that even though the aircraft might stay airborne after the crash, the drone can make bit of the engine or other parts of the flight to fall down, which has a huge potential to injure people below.

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