Drone airpox report involving an Emirates Airbus A380 near London-Heathrow Airport

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by n Emirates Airbus A380 near London-Heathrow Airport on 13 October 2015. Separation distance reported as 262 feet.

On 13 October 2015, the pilot of an Airbus A380 reported being on the DET 1J SID from London-Heathrow Airport. In the right turn, the crew observed a large object at the same altitude which appeared to be taking avoiding action. The object passed within 70-80m, down the port side. It was greyish-white in colour, had a span of about 2m and was semi-circular in design; it appeared to have propulsion at the rear of the structure. No avoiding action was necessary. They advised ATC of the sighting, and a follow-up call was made to the airport police.

Reported separation: 150 ft (46 m) vertical / 262 ft (80 m) horizontal.
Flight involved: EK030 London-Heathrow (LHR) – Dubai (DXB); Airbus A380 A6-EEE

Aircraft: Airbus A380
Operator: Emirates
Flight: EK30
Aircraft altitude: ft
Separation: 262 feet
Source: UKAB

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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.