Police Drone And Jet Had A “Near-Miss”.

According to the UK Airprox Board, a police drone had a “near miss” with a fighter jet traveling at 520 mph. The fighter jet came into the drone pilot’s view from right to left and seemed to pass the drone at the same altitude about 600 lateral feet away. The drone pilot, reacting quickly, lowered the drone as the jet started banking right towards it. At this point, the drone’s operator honestly believed that a collision would occur. According to later reports, the drone was at an altitude of 300 feet, and the F-15 pilot was at an altitude of 500 feet and could not see the drone. This incident prompted discussions about whether or not the service that plans military routes over the UK should use information from other sources. Devon and Cornwall Police established England's first permanent unit in 2017.  

Our Take:

The FAA, the organization governing U.S. airspace, has set laws in place stating that unmanned aerial vehicles must stay under 400 feet in altitude unless permission is granted, and all manned aircraft must fly above 400 feet except during takeoff and landing. This is a perfect example of why these laws are in place, and why all pilots should follow them. If either of the pilot would have broken the law for even just a few seconds, the results of this incident could have been not only costly, but deadly.  

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