The terrifying damage drones can do to passenger planes has been revealed in shocking footage of tests carried out earlier this year.
Thousands of passengers are currently stranded after two drones were spotted near the runway at Gatwick Airport in West Sussex.
Authorities took the decision to close the airport, diverting planes already in the air and cancelling many others yet to take off.
This remarkable footage, from the University of Dayton Research Institute’s Impact Physics Lab in Ohio, US, shows how even small drones can pose a risk to manned aircraft.
It may explain why bosses at Gatwick chose to close the runways and not risk the lives of pilots, crews, passengers or those on the ground.