Dream­liner within 10ft of col­li­sion with drone

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - News -

A HEATHROW-BOUND plane nar­rowly es­caped a col­li­sion af­ter a drone flew within 10 feet of one of its en­gines.

The Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner was 3,200ft high over Clapham Com­mon on June 25 when a “drone-like ob­ject” was seen to pass below the right wing, “en­dan­ger­ing” the plane.

The UK Air­prox Board (UAB) ruled that luck had “played a ma­jor part” in the plane miss­ing the drone.

The UAB’s monthly re­ports show this most re­cent in­ci­dent is the 11th time this year a plane to or from an air­port in west Lon­don has been at “def­i­nite risk” of col­lid­ing with an il­le­gally flown drone.

In its re­port on the in­ci­dent, the UAB said: “The drone was be­ing flown be­yond VLOS (vis­ual line of sight) lim­its and on an air­field ap­proach path, such that it was en­dan­ger­ing other air­craft at that alti­tude and po­si­tion.

“The pi­lot’s over­all ac­count of the in­ci­dent por­trayed a sit­u­a­tion where prov­i­dence had played a ma­jor part in the in­ci­dent and a def­i­nite risk of col­li­sion ex­isted.”

The re­port does not re­veal which air­line the plane be­longed to, or which air­port it had come from.

In the same month, on June 17, a white drone with “four pro­pel­lers and blink­ing fil­a­ments” came within 50ft of an A319 on its fi­nal ap­proach to Heathrow Air­port.

UK law states drones can­not be flown over 400ft high, more than 500 me­tres away from the op­er­a­tor or within one kilo­me­tre of any air­port.

A “drone bill”, which hopes to reg­u­late the pur­chase and use of drones weigh­ing more than 5kg, will be de­bated in the House of Com­mons in Feb­ru­ary next year.

A drone al­most hit a plane as the flight came in to land at Heathrow Air­port

PHOTO: PA

A ‘drone-like’ ob­ject like this was seen below the wing

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