Pilot calls for drone identification after Fife close to miss

An offended personal jet pilot has demanded that drones be identifiable after one got here 20m from his plane over Fife.

The close to miss, involving an Embraer Legacy 500 on strategy to Edinburgh Airport, was given the very best – class A – ranking by investigators.

The UK Airprox Board additionally reported at present a second class A incident close to Glasgow Airport, by which a drone got here as shut as 3ft from a passenger plane.

It concluded that within the first incident, close to Burntisland on 14 December, “windfall had performed a serious half within the incident and/or a particular danger of collision had existed”.

The board’s report acknowledged: “The pilot commented that he was shocked and offended on the drone’s proximity and acknowledged necessary identification machine needs to be fitted to drones earlier than a multi-million pound engine is destroyed, or worse.

“Having completed the strategy briefing, the pilot in cost regarded up and noticed one thing black, shifting in his peripheral imaginative and prescient on the fitting.

“He turned and regarded proper and clearly noticed a ‘quadcopter’-like drone.

“There was no time to take avoiding motion.”

Within the Glasgow incident, a drone got here Three-10ft from colliding with an Embraer EMB 175 on 30 December.

The board acknowledged: “The pilot stories that on strategy to Glasgow airport, when passing about 600ft he noticed an object move between Three and 10ft from the plane, on the identical degree.

“He couldn’t inform was the item was.

“It was lit up in varied locations and was extra horizontally lengthy than it was vertically.”

The board concluded: “The pilot’s general account of the incident portrayed a scenario the place windfall had performed a serious half within the incident and/or a particular danger of collision had existed.”

A Glasgow Airport spokesperson stated: “We might remind folks the usage of drones inside shut proximity to an airport is each extraordinarily harmful and a legal offence.

“Earlier this week, we welcomed the introduction of latest laws to increase the ‘no-fly’ zone round airports, which might prohibit drones from working inside 5km of an airfield boundary.

“It is crucial anybody who operates a drone is conscious of their obligations and of the brand new guidelines which have been put in place to maintain everybody protected. These might be considered by visiting: www.dronesafe.uk.”

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