Drone hits pas­sen­ger plane

In­ci­dent de­scribed as ‘po­ten­tially en­dan­ger­ing civil avi­a­tion’

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Alex Watkins awatkins@cb­news.es

A drone col­lided with an air­craft over the coast of Elche on Sun­day, for­tu­nately not caus­ing any dam­age but prompt­ing a warn­ing about the re­stric­tions on these de­vices given the prox­im­ity of the air­port.

ter­cept the drone fly­ers on the beach.

The air­port has a sig­nif­i­cant ex­clu­sion zone which af­fects these de­vices, cov­er­ing the whole north­ern and cen­tral ar­eas of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, plus an­other around the air­field in Ca­tral.

As such, recre­ational fly­ing is only per­mit­ted in a spe­cific area from the edge of La Vereda de Sen­dres to the top of La Hoya, and to the south through La Ma­rina to the mu­nic­i­pal bor­der.

Even in this area there are ad­di­tional reg­u­la­tions or per­mits for fly­ing over pro­tected nat­u­ral spa­ces, or if users want to take pho­to­graphs, as there is a mil­i­tary re­stric­tion zone.

All this is in ad­di­tion to laws pro­tect­ing peo­ple’s pri­vacy, re­strict­ing ac­tiv­ity over built-up ar­eas, and reg­u­la­tions on line of sight, al­ti­tude and weight of the de­vice.

Much of this data can be con­sulted on the state aerial se­cu­rity agency (AESA) web­site or from avi­a­tion ser­vice providers such as ENAIRE.

The in­ci­dent prompted the lo­cal po­lice to is­sue a gen­eral warn­ing about the re­stric­tions on drones in the area, given the prox­im­ity of the in­ter­na­tional air­port. A DRONE col­lided with an air­craft over the coast of Elche on Sun­day, for­tu­nately not caus­ing any dam­age or in­jury.

Ali­cante-Elche air­port re- ported the in­ci­dent at around 23.30, stat­ing that a drone had struck a com­mer­cial plane, ‘po­ten­tially en­dan­ger­ing civil avi­a­tion’.

Lo­cal po­lice were told to in-

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