FAA investigating drone incidents at JFK Airport

2 August 2015 (Last Updated August 2nd, 2015 18:30)

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating an incident where two airplanes came within 100ft of a drone near the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York.

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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating an incident where two airplanes came within 100ft of a drone near the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York.

One of the flights, a Delta 407 flying in from Orlando, had a close call when it narrowly missed hitting the drone at 1,400ft while landing at the airport. The plane was carrying around 149 passengers and five crew members. reported the USA Today.

The second flight, JetBlue 1834 flying from Port-au-Prince, Haiti also spotted the drone.

The pilot said in his call that the drone passed below the plane's nose when it was flying at an altitude of about 800 to 900ft..

However, the pilot did not feel the need to take any evasive action.

The FAA is probing both the incidents, even though it is not clear if both were related.

FAA had reported a sharp increase in near-collisions between drones and aircraft across the US in 2014, having recorded around 25 incidents since June when small unmanned flying objects had come within a few seconds or a few feet of crashing into larger aircraft.

Under the current rules, flying drones within five miles of an airport requires official clearance.

FAA has also prohibited the flying of such objects about 400ft because of the possibility of a collision with an aircraft.

The FAA has recently launched an awareness campaign to inform citizens that Washington and the area adjoining the Ronald-Reagan Washington National Airport were a 'No Drone Zone'. Violators would have to face stiff fines and criminal penalties.


Image: An aerial view of the John F Kennedy airport in New York. Photo: courtesy of Joe Mabel.