Drone flies towards light aircraft in deliberate act posing the ‘most serious degree of risk’


A pilot has claimed that a drone ‘deliberately’ flew within 20 feet of the light aircraft, according to a report from Sky News.

It happened in West London as the PA-31 twin engine plane was coming in to land at RAF Northolt in June.

The UK Airprox Board (UKAB) said the incident in Northolt posed the ‘most serious degree of risk’.

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A report from UKAB details how the pilot ‘lost sight of’ the drone under the nose of his plane.

The report said it was a small white drone of lightweight hobbyist type and passed around 20 feet below the aircraft.

It went on to explain how the device passed close to the pilot’s right wing and could have been launched from a nearby park.

According to the report, the pilot ‘had no doubt that it was being deliberately flown under the flight path in an attempt to collide with an aircraft’.

In 2014, there were six near misses between drone and aircraft, a number which rose to 93 last year.

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