Drone sighting by a United Air Lines Airbus A320 near Houston, Texas

The FAA reported a drone sighting by an Airbus A320 near Houston, Texas on 6 December 2015. Separation distance reported as unknown.

PRELIM INFO FROM FAA OPS: HOUSTON, TX/UAS INCIDENT/1338C/HOUSTON ATCT ADVISED UNITED 1191, A320, IAH – DCA, REPORTED 2 UNIDENTIFIED OBJECTS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ACFT WHILE NORTHEAST BOUND AT 4,500 FEET 10 ENE IAH. NO EVASIVE ACTION TAKEN. HOUSTON FBI NOTIFIED.

MOR Alert for I90
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Date/Time: Dec 6, 2015 – 1938Z
A/C: UAL1191 (A320)

Summary: The pilot of UAL1191 reported seeing two drones on the right side of the aircraft as he was climbing through 4,500 feet within a mile of the aircraft. This happened 8.5 miles NE of IAH. No evasive action was taken.

Aircraft: Airbus A320
Operator: United Air Lines
Flight: UA1191
Aircraft altitude: 4500 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.