Airplanes have hit more turtles than drones
How necessary are the FAA’s efforts to curb the number of drones in no-fly-zones? One researcher has lent some perspective to the problem.
Eli Dourado, a researcher at the Mercatus Center, used the FAA’s publically-available Wildlife Strike Database to pull data on the amount of turtles hit by planes on the ground compared to drone strikes in the air. Between January 1, 1990 and July 31, 2015, airplanes have collided with 198 turtles in the U.S., with 112 strikes occurring after 2010
Meanwhile, no aircraft in the U.S. has ever struck a drone — though there have been numerous close calls.