Drone sighting by a British Airways Boeing 777-200 near New York, New York

The FAA reported a drone sighting by a Boeing 777-200 near New York, New York on 29 October 2015. Separation distance reported as 300 feet.

PRELIM INFO FROM FAA OPS: JFK/UAS INCIDENT/1658E/BRITISH AIRWAYS 177, B772, OBSERVED A BLACK QUADCOPTER, 5 NE JFK, WHILE ON FINAL RUNWAY 22L, ALTITUDE BETWEEN 1,800-2,000 FEET, UAS WAS WESTBOUND APPROX 300 FEET ABOVE ACFT. NO EVASIVE ACTION TAKEN. NYPD AVIATION UNIT NOTIFIED.

MOR Alert for JFK
Type: Public inquiry or concern (including all pilot reported NMACs)
Date/Time: Oct 29, 2015 – 2109Z
A/C: BAW177 (H/B772)

Summary: AT 2058Z, BAW177, H/B772, PILOT REPORTED A POSSIBLE DRONE ON A 5 NM FINAL TO RWY 22L; PILOT REPORTED UNIDENTIFIED AIRCRAFT AT ZALPO. PILOT REPORTED BLACK OBJECT WITH 4 PROPELLERS MOVING WESTBOUND APPROXIMATELY 300 FEET ABOVE HIS ALTITUDE, APPROXIMATELY 1800 FT – 2100 FT. NO EVASIVE ACTION WAS TAKEN BY PILOT. NYPD AND NAPD AVIATION NOTIFIED. DEN NOTIFIED.

Aircraft: Boeing 777-200
Operator: British Airways
Flight: BA177
Aircraft altitude: 1800 ft
Separation: 300 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.