Drone sighting by a British Airways Boeing 777 near Orlando, Florida

The FAA reported a drone sighting by a Boeing 777 near Orlando, Florida on 1 May 2015. Separation distance reported as 500 feet.

PRELIM INFO FROM FAA OPS: ORLANDO, FL/UAS/1557E/BRITISH AIRWAYS 2036, B777, REPORTED 2 UAS AT 4,000 FEET, 9 E MCO. ACFT WAS SW BOUND TURNING SOUTH AT 4,500 FEET. THE 2 UAS WERE SMALL HELICOPTERS HOVERING. NO EVASIVE ACTION REPORTED. ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF NOTIFIED.

MOR Alert for F11
Number: F11-M-2015/05/01-0001
Type: Other
Date/Time: May 1, 2015 – 1957Z
A/C: BAW2036 (B777)
Summary: BAW2036 B777 IS A DEPARTURE FROM MCO TO EGKK. 8 NE OF MCO CLIMBING OUT OF 045, BAW2036 REPORTED TWO DRONES FIVE TO SIX HUNDRED FEET BELOW HIM. NO OTHER INFORMATION WAS GIVEN ABOUT THE POSSIBLE UAS/DRONES, AND BAW2036 CONTINUED FLIGHT WITH A HANDOFF TO ZMA ARTCC. MCO ATCT WAS NOTIFIED REFERENCE(DEPARTURE COORIDOR). ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF AVIATION UNIT WAS IMMEDIATLY CONTACTED. ROC/DEN,MCO ATCT, ATM NTFD

Aircraft: Boeing 777
Operator: British Airways
Flight: BA2036
Aircraft altitude: 4500 ft
Separation: 500 feet
Source: FAA


Please note:

This information is based on an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) sighting as reported to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A UAS can be a personal drone (e.g. a quadcopter), or a larger military drone.
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.