The FAA reported a drone sighting by a Boeing 767-300 near Herndon, Virginia on 16 October 2015. Separation distance reported as 700 feet.
PRELIM INFO FROM FAA OPS: HERNDON, VA/UAS INCIDENT/1538E/POTOMAC TRACON REPORTED UNITED 914, B763, PARIS, FRANCE – DULLES, VA, OBSERVED A DARK COLOR QUAD-COPTER AT 2,300 FEET 11 SSE HERNDON. NO EVASIVE ACTION TAKEN. BULL RUN REGIONAL PARK AND FAIRFAX COUNTY SHERIFF NOTIFIED.
MOR Alert for PCT
Type: Public inquiry or concern (including all pilot reported NMACs)
Date/Time: Oct 16, 2015 – 1930Z
A/C: UAL914 (H/B763/L)
Summary: DCA#3: AT 1930Z, UAL914, H/B763/L, DCA260/16, 3000′, REPORTED A DRONE AT 2300′ ON THE EAST DOWNWIND RWY 01C. DISCRIPTION: A DARK QUAD COPTER ON THE AML160/11, 2300′. DEN NOTIFIED. AS WELL AS BULL RUN REGIONAL PARK POLICE: FAIRFAX COUNTY POLICE, AND PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY POLICE
Aircraft: Boeing 767-300
Operator: United Air Lines
Aircraft altitude: 3000 ft
Separation: 700 feet
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.