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Almost a year after 150,000 passengers at Gatwick airport had their travel plans wrecked by unauthorised drone activity, a Dutch organisation has successfully tested the technology for delivering aid.

Wings For Aid has just used a test aircraft to drop 18 boxes from a height of 100m, including two boxes containing raw eggs – all of which survived intact.

The test took place at an airbase in the Netherlands, as part of the charity’s development of the concept of providing essential aid to people cut off from terrestrial supplies.

“We were a little bit annoyed that military forces had access to drone technology while humanitarian actors hadn’t,” said Barry Koperberg, general manager of Wings For Aid.

His organisation plans to “bridge the last mile” to reach people beyond the reach of conventional aid logistics.

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