American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson wrote “The chances that your tombstone will read ‘Killed by Asteroid’ are about the same as they’d be for ‘Killed in Airplane Crash.” In other words, its highly unlikely you will ever be struck by a random object falling out of the sky. However, with the advent of new flying technology comes new risks in the form of accidents and crashes.
Documenting the emergence -and therefore the history- of the drone is one of the mission’s of DRONELIFE. It is for this reason that DRONELIFE has just introduced the List of Non-Military Drone Accidents and Crashes.
The history of aerospace is filled with accidents and crashes. Did you know that just five years after the Wright brothers made their first flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903, Orville Wright piloted the first fatal airplane crash? Although Orville was badly injured, he survived the crash but his passenger, Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge, was not so lucky.