The FAA reported a drone sighting by a Boeing 777 near Chicago, Illinois on 16 August 2015. Separation distance reported as unknown.
MOR Alert for ORD
Date/Time: Aug 16, 2015 – 0038Z
A/C: UAL970 (B777)
Summary: UAL970 DEPARTED RUNWAY 28R AND TURNED TO A HEADING OF 320. UAL970 REPORTED A DRONE SIGHTING APPROXIMATELY 5 MILES NORTHWEST OF ORD AT 3,500 FEET. NO EVASIVE ACTION WAS TAKEN. THE DEN WAS NOTIFIED ALONG WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT.
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Operator: United Air Lines
Aircraft altitude: 3500 ft
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.