Drone airpox report involving an Airbus A320 near Basel, Switzerland

The Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board (STSB) investigated a drone near-miss reported by an Airbus A320 near Basel Airport, Switzerland on 14 July 2016. Separation distance was reported as 10 meters.

Flight EZY1045 was a scheduled flight from Amsterdam (EHAM) to Basel (LFSB) with 169 passengers and 6 crew members on board.
After an uneventful flight, the aircraft was making a stabilised ILS approach to runway 33 when, at approximately 2100 ft AMSL and a distance of approximately 3.4 NM from the runway threshold – i.e. roughly level with Basel’s Schützenmatte stadium – the flight crew spotted a drone directly in the line of approach. The pilot assessed this to be a white drone with red lights, which was stationary or moving forwards at a slow speed, at a vertical distance of approximately 10 metres. In the remaining few seconds, the flight crew did not have time to avoid the flying object. The pilot immediately reported the near collision to the airport controller at Basel Airport.
The flight crew continued with the approach and the aircraft landed without incident.

Reported separation: 100-200 ft (30-61 m) vertical / 50 ft (15 m) horizontal.

Aircraft:  Airbus A320-214
Operator: easyJet
Registration: G-EZPA
Flight: EZY1045
Aircraft altitude:  2100 ft
Separation: 10 meters
Source: SUST


Please note:

Please note that separation distances are solely based on pilot’s judgements and not necessarily accurate since horizontal and vertical separation distances can be hard to judge.

Drone near-miss reported involving a MD-82 near Milan-Linate Airport

MD-82 was reportedly involved in a near-miss with a drone near Milan-Linate Airport on 16 December 2016. Separation distance reported as 250 feet.

On approach to Milan-Linate Airport at 4200 ft the crew reported observing a drone at 150-250 ft.

Aircraft: MD-82
Operator:
Flight:
Aircraft altitude: 4200 ft
Separation: 250 feet
Source: ANSV


Please note:

Please note that separation distances are solely based on pilot’s judgements and not necessarily accurate since horizontal and vertical separation distances can be hard to judge.

Drone airpox report involving an Airbus A340-600 near Chigwell

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by an Airbus A340-600 near Chigwell on 28 June 2016. Separation distance reported as 100-200 feet.

The pilot reported that he was in descent through FL090 when a drone was sighted just below and to the right of the nose of the aircraft. The drone was a multi-copter type and passed about 100- 200ft below his aircraft he estimated

Reported separation: 100-200 ft (30-61 m) vertical / 50 ft (15 m) horizontal.

Aircraft:  Airbus A340-642
Operator: Virgin Atlantic
Registration: G-VWEB
Flight: VS401
Aircraft altitude: 9000 ft
Separation: 100-200 feet
Source: UKAB


Please note:

Please note that separation distances are solely based on pilot’s judgements and not necessarily accurate since horizontal and vertical separation distances can be hard to judge.

Drone airpox report involving a Cessna 560XL Citation XLS near Biggin Hill Airport

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by a Cessna 560XL Citation XLS near Biggin Hill Airport on 25 June 2016. Separation distance reported as less than 200 feet.

The pilot reported that they were taking radar vectors for weather avoidance and had a high cockpit workload. The PM visually acquired a contact on the nose at a range of about 1/2nm, and estimated it to be below. He made the PF, who was in the right-hand seat, aware and within 2 seconds of the PF acquiring the contact (and 5 seconds from when the PM had first seen it), a drone passed down the right-hand-side of the aircraft, 20ft below and 30ft to the right of the cockpit position, therefore only just beyond the wing-span. The object was a day-glo orange drone with 4 rotors and an under-slung camera housing with a ‘fisheye’ lens bubble, estimated to be about 1 cubic ft. It could have been hovering, although it looked to be slowly drawing to the right.

Reported separation: 20 ft (6 m) vertical / 32 ft (10 m) horizontal.

Aircraft:  Cessna 560XL Citation XLS
Operator:
Registration:
Flight:
Aircraft altitude: 3000 ft
Separation: 32 feet
Source: UKAB


Please note:

Please note that separation distances are solely based on pilot’s judgements and not necessarily accurate since horizontal and vertical separation distances can be hard to judge.

Drone airpox report involving a Boeing 747 near London Heathrow Airport

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by a Boeing 747  near London Heathrow Airport on 23 June 2016. Separation distance reported as less than 200 feet.

The 747 pilot reported that he was inbound to Heathrow and positioning downwind at 4000ft when a drone passed over the nose of the aircraft, about 100ft above. No avoiding action was taken.

Reported separation: 100 ft (30 m) vertical / 0 ft (0 m) horizontal.

Aircraft:  Boeing 747
Operator:
Registration:
Flight:
Aircraft altitude: 4000 ft
Separation: 100 feet
Source: UKAB


Please note:

Please note that separation distances are solely based on pilot’s judgements and not necessarily accurate since horizontal and vertical separation distances can be hard to judge.

Drone airpox report involving a Jabiru J430 near Welshpool

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by a Jabiru J430 near Welshpool on 23 June 2016. Separation distance reported as less than 150 m.

The J430 pilot reported downwind in the visual circuit for Runway 22 at Welshpool Airport (EGCW), about 1nm east abeam ‘the 22 numbers’. He saw a white drone in the left 11 o’clock position, about 50m below him, which moved quickly in front of his aircraft and climbed to the 2 o’clock position, about 100ft above, at which point he lost sight of it against the white cloud and behind his wing. He commented that he was well inside the Welshpool ATZ and that the presence of the drone was a needless distraction. He noted that he was surprised at the speed at which the drone moved and the difficulty in judging distance with a small fast-moving object.

Reported separation: 0 ft (0 m) vertical / 490 ft (150 m) horizontal.

Aircraft:  Jabiru J430
Operator:
Registration:
Flight:
Aircraft altitude: 1500 ft
Separation: 490 feet
Source: UKAB


Please note:

Please note that separation distances are solely based on pilot’s judgements and not necessarily accurate since horizontal and vertical separation distances can be hard to judge.

Drone airpox report involving a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner near London Heathrow Airport

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner near London Heathrow Airport on 20 June 2016. Separation distance reported as less than 200 feet.

The 787 pilot reported after departing from Heathrow runway 27L, whilst climbing to 6000ft they turned left in accordance with the SID and established contact with London control. A radar heading of 130° was given. Approximately 2nm from EPM VOR the captain spotted a flying object in the distance, 12 o’clock position, slightly below. There was no TCAS contact or Traffic Information. Only once the object passed beneath the aircraft was it obvious that it was an unmanned drone, metallic green in colour with two ellipsoidal pods. The drone could have been hovering, but the perspective made it look as though it was flying in the opposite direction, vertical separation was not more than 200ft.

Reported separation: <200 ft (61 m) vertical / 0 ft (0 m) horizontal.

Aircraft:  Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
Operator: Royal Brunei Airlines
Registration: V8-DLA
Flight: BI98
Aircraft altitude: 6000 ft
Separation: < 200 feet
Source: UKAB


Please note:

Please note that separation distances are solely based on pilot’s judgements and not necessarily accurate since horizontal and vertical separation distances can be hard to judge.

Drone airpox report involving an Avro RJ100 near London City Airport

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by an Avro RJ100 near London City Airport on 19 June 2016. Separation distance reported as 20 metres.

The RJ100 pilot reported that he was on final approach into London City Airport runway 27 at 3000 ft on the Localizer 6 nm before touchdown, shortly before intercepting the glideslope, when a flying object (for the FO it looked like a drone, coloured yellow) crossed their path approximately at the same altitude and 20 meters in front the aircraft from the right to the left; the wind was coming from the southwest. The FO spotted the object and advised “Look at that!”, the Captain couldn`t see it because it had already passed. The F/O thought that the object may have hit the left wing area, according to the observed flight path, there was no evidence of damage from the post flight inspection. The approach and landing were uneventful. The situation happened very quickly therefore an avoidance manoeuvre would not have been possible.

Reported separation: 0 ft vertical / 60 ft (20 m) horizontal.

Aircraft:  Avro RJ100
Operator: Swiss International Air Lines
Registration: HB-IYT
Flight: LX456
Aircraft altitude: 3000 ft
Separation: 60 feet
Source: UKAB


Please note:

Please note that separation distances are solely based on pilot’s judgements and not necessarily accurate since horizontal and vertical separation distances can be hard to judge.

Drone near-miss reported involving an Air New Zealand Airbus A320 near Queenstown Airport

An Air New Zealand Airbus A320 was reportedly involved in a near-miss with a drone near Queenstown Airport on 17 August 2016. Separation distance reported as unknown.

An Air New Zealand A320 aircraft (ZK-OXC) carrying 153 passengers was instructed to carry out a go-around when approaching Queenstown Airport because of the presence of a drone near the runway.
The aircraft had descended to 2000 feet while on approach to runway 23 when it was instructed to abort the approach. ATC had observed a drone near the end of the runway over Lake Hayes.
Air New Zealand flight NZ647 from Auckland landed about 10 minutes later than scheduled.

 

NZ647 performed a go around (Flightradar24)

NZ647 performed a go around (Flightradar24)

Aircraft: Airbus A320
Operator: Air New Zealand
Flight: NZ647
Aircraft altitude: ft
Separation: unknown
Source: http://m.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11696196


Please note:

Please note that separation distances are solely based on pilot’s judgements and not necessarily accurate since horizontal and vertical separation distances can be hard to judge.

Drone near-miss reported involving a Flybe ATR-72 near Newquay Airport

Flybe ATR-72 was reportedly involved in a near-miss with a drone near Newquay Airport on 9 August 2016. Separation distance reported as unknown.

An ATR-72 (OY-RUG), operating flight BE1825 from London-Stansted Airport reported observing a drone while 2 miles out on approach.

Aircraft: ATR-72
Operator: Flybe
Flight: BE1825
Aircraft altitude: 900 ft
Separation: unknown
Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-37042796


Please note:

Please note that separation distances are solely based on pilot’s judgements and not necessarily accurate since horizontal and vertical separation distances can be hard to judge.