But it's going to keep on happening, isn't it? Drones are now so inexpensive that anyone can send up there.
On the other hand, commercial airline captain Chris Manno said on his JetHead blog that pilots' fear of drones is "much ado about nothing." He said that there are hundreds of bird strikes reported too.
He explained that some of the seabirds planes strike might weigh as much as 30 pounds, whereas many drones don't weight the 50 to 60 pounds that's sometimes reported. Instead, he said, they weigh "a fraction of that."
He added: "Bird conflicts and even bird strikes dwarf the number of drone 'sightings' by airliners, but they're simply no longer news."
He described the result of an unlikely collision between a plane and a drone as "likely nada."