An airliner circling Heathrow narrowly missed colliding with a drone flying at 7,000 feet – while another aircraft approaching the London airport saw a drone hurtle past just 30 feet from its cockpit.
The first near miss took place in mid-May when an Airbus A319 pilot flying to Heathrow saw a one metre-long drone, painted green and purple, “extremely close” to his aircraft.
The drone, which was flying just above the airliner's level, was only 10 metres (30 feet) from the cockpit. Investigators thought the operator was flying on first-person view using the drone's cameras.
Let's see now: Flying a drone over 1000 feet? Check. Flying a drone near an airport? Check. Flying a drone in the approach path for the airport? Check.The UK Airprox Board graded the risk of collision as Category A, the most severe level.In the second incident, which took place a fortnight after the first, an Airbus A320's first officer saw “a white, twin rotor drone pass by the right wingtip” barely 100m away as the aircraft was descending through 7,000ft over New Malden, south London.
Idiot. He's peeing in everyone else's cornflakes. It makes me want to take up drone skeet like that lady in Virginia.