Pilot of Lufthansa Passenger Jet reports Close Encounter with Drone Near Los Angeles International Airport
Close quarter encounters with drones have been reported several times by commercial aircraft pilots and in the most recent incident of that kind a Lufthansa passenger jumbo jet pilot reported a nearly collision with an unmanned aircraft on Friday. According to the Federal Aviation Administration the incident happened when the aircraft was approaching its landing at Los Angeles International Airport at about 1:30 p. m.
The reported close encounter between the Airbus A380 and the drone occurred at an altitude of 5,000 feet. The FAA said, the drone passed approximately 200 feet over the Lufthansa flight at a distance of about 22.5 km from the airport.
The matter was immediately reported to the air support division of the Los Angeles Police Department by FAA said a LAPD spokesman. The Lufthansa Flight 456 landed safely minutes after the incident said a FAA spokesman.
According to federal regulations drones and model airplanes are barred from flying more than 400 feet above the ground or within eight kilometers of an airport. The operators are supposed to fly their drones away from aircraft, any sporting events or any group of people.
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