Drone sighting by a United Air Lines Boeing 777 near Chicago, Illinois

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
Number: ORD-M-2015/08/16-0016
Type:
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
Flight: UA970
Aircraft altitude: 3500 ft
Separation: unknown
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.