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British Airways flight struck by suspected drone as it positioned to land at Heathrow Airport

BA flight struck by suspected drone before landing. Credit: PA

A British Airways flight was struck by what is believed to have been a drone as the aircraft positioned to land at Heathrow Airport.

Detectives are investigating after an object hit the front of the passenger plane as it approached Heathrow’s Terminal 5 at around 12.50pm.

A pilot on an inbound flight into Heathrow Airport from Geneva reported to police that he believed a drone had struck the aircraft.

It transpired that an object, believed to be a drone, had struck the front of the aircraft.

No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.

viation police based at Heathrow investigate.

– Metropolitan Police spokesman

The pilot was able to land the BA727 flight from Geneva safely, police said.

Our aircraft landed safely, was fully examined by our engineers and it was cleared to operate its next flight.

Safety and security are always our first priority and we will give the police every assistance with their investigation.

– British Airways spokesperson

British Airways said the aircraft was examined by engineers and cleared for its next flight following the incident.

A CAA spokesperson said: "The CAA is aware of a possible incident with a drone at Heathrow today which is subject to investigation by the Metropolitan Police.

"Safety is our first priority. Anyone operating a drone must do so responsibly and observe all relevant rules and regulations. The rules for flying drones are designed to keep all airspace users safe."

"It is totally unacceptable to fly drones close to airports and anyone flouting the rules can face severe penalties including imprisonment."