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UK police probe near-miss between drone and passenger plane

The drone flew alongside the plane as it came in to land.

Image: drone image via Shutterstock

POLICE IN ENGLAND are investigating reports of a near-miss between a drone and a passenger-plane this week.

At 2.54pm on Tuesday, the plane carrying 62 people was approaching Newquay Airport in Cornwall to land. It was around two miles from the airport, at 900 feet, when it reported a near-miss with a drone which flew alongside the aircraft.

“Police immediately conducted a search of the area, but neither the drone nor its operator could be located,” Inspector Dave Meredith said in a statement.

This is an incredibly concerning incident; the close proximity of the drone to the passenger aircraft shows a complete disregard by the operator for public safety and we are appealing to the public for information to help us track down this reckless drone operator.

“We view such incidents very seriously and the force’s specialist drone unit will be leading on the investigating into this incident,” he added.

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