Drone near-miss reported involving a Westpac Surf Lifesaving Rescue MBB BO-105 near Noosa’s First Point, QLD

Westpac Surf Lifesaving Rescue MBB BO-105 was reportedly involved in a near-miss with a drone near Noosa’s First Point, QLD on 31 July 2016. Separation distance reported as 100 feet.

The Westpac Surf Lifesaving Rescue Helicopter (Lifesaver 45) was doing a routine patrol of the coastline, heading north from its Caloundra base when it encountered a drone at a height of about 200ft (approx 60m). The drone passed 30m below and 15m to the side of the helicopter.

Aircraft: MBB BO-105
Operator: Westpac Surf Lifesaving Rescue
Flight:
Aircraft altitude: 200 ft
Separation: 100 feet
Source: http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/drone-near-miss-couldve-brought-down-rescue-choppe/3071120/


Please note:

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.