Why aren't we testing whether planes can survive a drone crash?

2017-11-15 05:00:09

Maurice Savage/Alamy Stock Photo It’s the nightmare scenario: a consumer drone flying into a jet engine. But no one has actually done the tests that could reveal what would happen and inform safety. That’s strange, given the increasing risk of such an incident. We need to know if it could cause an aircraft engine to explode in what is known as an “uncontained failure”, with hot, fast-spinning engine parts being shed in all directions, potentially piercing wings,