Drone sighting by a Mesa Airlines CRJ-700 near Dulles, Virginia

The FAA reported a drone sighting by a CRJ-700 near Dulles, Virginia on 12 November 2015. Separation distance reported as unknown.

PRELIM INFO FROM FAA OPS: IAD/UAS INCIDENT/1328E/IAD ADVISED MESA 4045, CRJ7, IAD-PIT, REPORTED A UAS 3 NW RWY 30 IAD. NO EVASIVE ACTION REPORTED. NO DESCRIPTION, DIRECTION OR ALTITUDE REPORTED. LOUDOUN CO PD NOTIFIED.

MOR Alert for IAD
Type: Other
Date/Time: Nov 12, 2015 – 1828Z
A/C: ASH4045 (CRJ7)

Summary: ASH4045/CRJ7 DEPARTED 30 AND REPORTED A DRONE OVER A POND, THE PILOT DID NOT GIVE ANY ALTITUDE. DEN NOTIFIED 1835Z, LOUDON COUNTY POLICE NOTIFIED 1838Z.

Aircraft: CRJ-700
Operator: Mesa Airlines
Flight: ASH4045
Aircraft altitude: 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.