An increase in drone use across the UK has been cited as one of the reasons behind a 60% increase in near misses in UK skies since 2013.
New research from the BBC has revealed the number of accidents reported to the Air Accident Investigation Branch AAIB had also risen, with reported incidents increasing from 653 in 2013, to 708 last year.
In 2017, 93 near-misses involved drones, when in 2013, that number was at zero.
The report went on to describe how the most serious incidents, ‘category A airproxes’, rose by more than 100%, from 22 in 2013, to 45 in 2017, half of which included drones.
The CAA has said that incidents around London and the Home Counties were a result of more crowded skies, an observation which could indicate the surge in drone use as well as a rise in commercial and private plane flights.