(Bloomberg) — Even small toy drones can pose a significant hazard to traditional planes and helicopters in a collision, a Texas engineering company has concluded.

Drones will "most certainly" cause more damage to aircraft than birds, which have caused airliners to crash, according to the study by Aero Kinetics Aviation LLC of Fort Worth, Texas. Drones are made of solid plastics, batteries and metal, which cause greater damage in a collision compared to bird flesh, the study found.

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