Planes having close encounters with drones near Alabama’s busiest airport

Published November 13, 2017

A story on WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., about how drones do – and don’t – threaten small, low-flying passenger aircraft after quadcopters crashed into a helicopter and airplane interviews Javid Bayandor, founder and director of UB’s Crashworthiness for Aerospace Structures and Hybrids (CRASH) Lab.

Bayandor said a drone could be sucked into a jet engine. “If anything gets ingested, and you feel you have to turn off an engine, you have to definitely make an emergency landing,” he said.

Read the story  here.

The story appeared on the websites of television stations around the country, including WBMA-TV in Birmingham, WBFF-TV in Baltimore, KUTV-TV in Salt Lake City and WPEC-TV in Palm Beach.