Passenger Plane Nearly Collides With Drone Over Public School

Eric Lieberman | Tech and Law Reporter

A passenger plane flying over an elementary school in the U.K. nearly collided with a drone in September.

The DH8 turboprop aircraft was projected to be roughly 1,600 feet from the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), according to a recently released report conducted by the U.K. Airprox Board, an aviation safety authority in the country.

“Members agreed that the drone operator, by operating at that position and altitude on the approach path to Birmingham airport, had flown the drone into conflict and had endangered the DH8 and its passengers,” the report concluded. (RELATED: Drone Delivery: Amazon Chose UK Over US Because Of Fewer Regulations)

The drone was estimated to be operated around 500 feet above the school. U.K. law mandates that without a special exemption, UAVs not be flown higher than 400 feet if they weigh 7 kilograms (around 15.4 pounds) or more.

School staff at the time were notified about the UAV, but authorities were not able to identify the operator of the drone. (RELATED: Amazon Wants Flying Warehouses As Carrier For Drones)

This was the seventh recorded near-miss between aircraft and drones in the past month, with 60 reportedly occurring in the last year, according to SkyNews. (RELATED: Robot Falconry Is The New Way To Fend Off Birds Near Airports [VIDEO])

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