British Airways jet may have been hit by drone near Heathrow

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Some really scary stuff in the news

San Francisco: A British Airways plane may have been hit by a drone on Sunday as it approached London’s Heathrow airport.

The pilot of Flight 727 from Geneva, an Airbus A320 that had 132 passengers and five crew members on board, reported at about 12:50pm local time that he believed a drone had struck the front of the aircraft, according to a statement from the London Metropolitan Police. There were no injuries and the police are investigating.

“Our aircraft landed safely, was fully examined by our engineers and it was cleared to operate its next flight,” British Airways said in a statement.

“It is totally unacceptable to fly drones close to airports and anyone flouting the rules can face severe penalties including imprisonment,” the UK’s civil aviation authority said in a statement. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported 1,200 incidents last year involving drones, up fivefold from 2014. No collisions were reported, though the incidents included flying too close to passenger airliners and other aircraft. Bloomberg
 

Mt Spokane Photography

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As long as there are drones, there are a certain type of thrill seekers who will do things like this, just because they can. It will hurt the lawful users, of course. I expect terrorists to try this, if they haven't already.
 

douglasgritzphoto

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Exactly why there are regulations set by the FAA. I know too many people who are unlicensed and have no piloting experience who are out there flying drones commercially. As this news item shows, drones are highly dangerous in the wrong/untrained hands. Unfortunately, the FAA regs are little know and poorly misunderstood.
 

Mt Spokane Photography

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douglasgritzphoto said:
Exactly why there are regulations set by the FAA. I know too many people who are unlicensed and have no piloting experience who are out there flying drones commercially. As this news item shows, drones are highly dangerous in the wrong/untrained hands. Unfortunately, the FAA regs are little know and poorly misunderstood.
And, the FAA regulations do not apply outside of the USA.


Users definitely know the rules about altitude, those who have modified their drones to remove altitude restrictions are well aware that they are breaking the law.

There are websites with hacking information. https://dronehacks.com/
 

slclick

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It turned out it wasn't a drone and merely a plastic bag.