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Drone Involved In 'Near-Miss' With Passenger Plane

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RocketBrew, Aug 11, 2016.

  1. RocketBrew

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    This plane does 140 knots on approach, and 100-120 knots on short final. Must be quite a nice 'drone' to be able to "fly alongside for a period"!!!

    14:12, UK, Thursday 11 August 2016
    Police are investigating reports that a passenger plane was involved in a "near-miss" with a drone near Newquay airport.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said the incident happened as the aircraft, which had 62 people on board, was coming into land.

    The drone apparently flew alongside the ATR-72 plane for a period while it was at about 900ft and two miles from its destination on Tuesday afternoon.

    The flight, operated by Flybe, was travelling to Newquay from London Stansted at the time.

    The pilot reported the close encounter but officers were unable to find the device or anyone on the ground.

    Inspector Dave Meredith said: "The aircraft was travelling at around 900ft and was approximately two miles from the airport, just south of St Columb Major, when it reported a near-miss with a drone which flew alongside the aircraft.

    "Police immediately conducted a search of the area but neither the drone nor its operator could be located.

    "This is an incredibly concerning incident; the close proximity of the drone to the passenger aircraft shows a complete disregard by the operator for public safety, and we are appealing to the public for information to help us track down
    this reckless drone operator."

    An airport spokeswoman said: "The pilot of a landing scheduled air service sighted a drone being flown within the Newquay Air Traffic Zone and adjacent to the final approach to the airport.

    "Although on this occasion there was no danger of collision, ATC reported this incident to the police as the drone should not have been flown in that area without ATC clearance and posed a potential danger to incoming flights."

    Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) rules state that drones are not allowed to fly above 400ft (122m) and should be kept away from aircraft and airports.

    Other near misses in recent months include reports a Airbus A320 was struck by a drone as it came into land at Heathrow in April and a Boeing 777 narrowly missing a drone after take off from a UK airport in September last year.

    In March, a report released by the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) found there were 23 near misses between drones and aircraft in the six months between April and October last year.
     
  2. bkushner

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    Yeah that doesn't make sense..how would a hobby drone keep up?
     
  3. ftttu

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    Sport Mode!:D
     
  4. Rothgarr

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    They didn't say it was a quadcopter.. it could have been a fixed wing drone...
     
  5. Rothgarr

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    Also this sentence doesn't make sense:

    Other near misses in recent months include reports a Airbus A320 was struck by a drone as it came into land at Heathrow in April and a Boeing 777 narrowly missing a drone after take off from a UK airport in September last year.​

    So... was it a near miss or was it a strike?

    Ninja Edit: I read about this incident and it turns out it may have been a plastic bag...
     
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  6. tcope

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    Also,
    "Police are investigating reports that a passenger plane was involved in a "near-miss" with a drone near Newquay airport."

    "Although on this occasion there was no danger of collision"

    A "near miss" with no danger of collision?

    To me, it sounds like the person writing the article took some liberty to make the article more interesting. No where are their any quotes of someone in the know who says it was a "near miss".
     
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