Airline pilots call for action on drones after 23 near misses

A group of pilots are calling for more research to be done into the potential impact of a collision between a drone and a passenger jet, after a 23 near misses in the past year alone.

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Twenty-three near misses between drones & planes

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Airline pilots are calling for new research into what could happen if an aircraft engine is hit by a drone.

There were around 23 near misses between aircraft and drones in the last year, including one at Detling in Kent, which came within sixty feet of a passenger jet. Pilots are also calling for existing controls to be better enforced.

Steve Landells from the British Airline Pilots Association said such an impact could cause engine failure or a cracked windscreen.

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