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Safety report reveals six incidents of drones flying near aircraft

A safety report from the Civil Aviation Authority today reveals a drone was flown within a few yards of a passenger plane landing at Heathrow Airport. It brings to six the number of recent incidents.

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Drone flew "within yards" of Heathrow passenger plane

A safety report from the Civil Aviation Authority today reveals a drone was flown within a few yards of a passenger plane landing at Heathrow Airport. It brings to six the number of recent incidents.

The pilot of the Airbus A319 said the drone may have been just 20 feet above and 25 yards to the left when it passed by the aircraft in the incident last September.

He told the UK Airprox Board - which investigates incidents - that it was not possible to take avoiding action and the incident was put in the most serious risk category.

Concerns over drones flown near Heathrow and other airports Credit: ITV News

The plane was flying at an altitude of 500 feet and was on the final approach to the airport on September 30 when the drone was spotted.

Officials said that the drone was flown against Civil Aviation Authority regulations because it did not have permission to be above 400 feet within the Heathrow control zone.

The space between the drone and the jet had been reduced to about a wingspan - described as "the bare minimum" - and that "chance had played a major part" in the avoidance of a collision.

A police investigation was launched but the drone operator has not been found.

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