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Drone, Virgin America Plane Nearly Collide at Dallas Airport

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 04:46 PM

A quadcopter drone with flashing red and green lights caused a near-collision with a Virgin America Airbus flight from New York's La Guardia Airport Tuesday night at Love Field in Dallas.

As the plane was preparing to land in Dallas at about 9:30 p.m., the pilot suddenly spotted the drone near ground level.

The airplane's first officer reported that the drone then shot "straight up and above the airplane, approximately 200 feet above the aircraft while on approach," NBC Dallas Fort Worth reported.

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Air traffic controllers asked pilots of other flights to be on the lookout for the drone, broadcasting, "Airbus 319 just reported on about a two-mile final to the right side a lit drone flew over the top of them at approximately 2 to 300 ... and he was 1,000 to 1,000 feet," Fox4 News reported.

NBC noted that Dallas police took off in their Air One helicopter, attempting to locate the drone, but found nothing, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Lynn Lunsford, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Mid-States public affairs manager, told NBC, "The small aircraft should not have been in the air at all without permission from the Love Field tower. This applies to all flights within five miles of any airport."

The FAA recently approved new regulations for private drones, mandating that they not be flown within five miles of airports, and be flown only below 500 feet at 100 mph or less, only in daylight and within sight of the pilot, NBC noted.

"This was most definitely in controlled airspace," Lunsford told the Dallas Morning News. "We’re investigating."

Late last year, a drone crashed near Love Field, and in July of last year, an Envoy Air flight in the area reported a drone at 3,000 feet passing just 500 feet off the airplane's left side, NBC notes.

This month, airplanes briefly were diverted from an airport in Manchester, England, and runways closed after a drone was seen in the flight path of the airport, the BBC reports.

Manchester Airport manager John Mayhew told the BBC, "Flying drones in the close vicinity to any airport without permission is completely unacceptable."

Lunsford told CBS that if a drone collides with a commercial jet, it could hit a pilot's windshield or get sucked into an engine, causing a very dangerous situation.

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A quadcopter drone with flashing red and green lights caused a near-collision with a Virgin America Airbus flight from New York's La Guardia Airport Tuesday night at Love Field in Dallas.
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