The FAA reported a drone sighting by an Airbus A320 near Charlotte, Virginia on 3 December 2015. Separation distance reported as unknown.
PRELIM INFO FROM FAA OPS: CLT/UAS INCIDENT/1010E/CHARLOTTE TRACON ADVISED AMERICAN 1814, A320, PVD – CLT, PILOT REPORTED PAX ON FLIGHT OBSERVED A UAS WHILE W BOUND AT 4,000 FEET, 13 SE OF CLT. NO EVASIVE ACTION TAKEN. LEOS NOT NOTIFIED.
MOR Alert for CLT
Date/Time: Dec 3, 2015 – 1510Z
A/C: AAL1814 (A321)
Summary: AAL1814 A321 called to report a passenger in seat 13A saw a drone from the left side of the aircraft when AAL1814 was 13 NM SE of CLT at 4000 feet. no other details. DEN advised.
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Operator: American Airlines
Aircraft altitude: 4000 ft
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.