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Drone airpox report involving an Emirates Airbus A380 near London-Heathrow Airport

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by n Emirates Airbus A380 near London-Heathrow Airport on 13 October 2015. Separation distance reported as 262 feet.

On 13 October 2015, the pilot of an Airbus A380 reported being on the DET 1J SID from London-Heathrow Airport. In the right turn, the crew observed a large object at the same altitude which appeared to be taking avoiding action. The object passed within 70-80m, down the port side. It was greyish-white in colour, had a span of about 2m and was semi-circular in design; it appeared to have propulsion at the rear of the structure. No avoiding action was necessary. They advised ATC of the sighting, and a follow-up call was made to the airport police.

Reported separation: 150 ft (46 m) vertical / 262 ft (80 m) horizontal.
Flight involved: EK030 London-Heathrow (LHR) – Dubai (DXB); Airbus A380 A6-EEE

Aircraft: Airbus A380
Operator: Emirates
Flight: EK30
Aircraft altitude: ft
Separation: 262 feet
Source: UKAB


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.

Drone sighting by an Emirates Airbus A380 near New York, New York

The FAA reported a drone sighting by an Airbus A380 near New York, New York on 24 June 2015. Separation distance reported as unknown.

PRELIM INFO FROM FAA OPS: JFK/UAS INCIDENT/1830E/JFK ATCT REPORTED EMIRATES 205, A388, ENCOUNTERED A BLACK AND RED UAS 8-10 SE JFK. NO EVASIVE ACTION REPORTED. NYPD AVIATION UNIT NOTIFIED.

MOR Alert for N90
Number: N90-M-2015/06/24-0005
Type: Other
Date/Time: Jun 24, 2015 – 2230Z
A/C: UAE205 (A380)

Summary: UAE205 AN A380 OUT OF LIMC FOR KJFK REPORTED TO JFK TOWER LOCAL POSITION THAT THEY HAD SIGHTED A BLACK AND RED DRONE OFF THEIR RIGHT HAND SIDE ALONG THE SHORE 8-10 MILES SE JFK ON THE 31L APPROACH. AIRCRAFT WAS DESCENDING OUT OF 3,000 FEET WHEN IT WAS NOTICED. PILOT WAS UNABLE TO GIVE THE SIZE. NYPD AVIATION UNIT WAS NOTIFIED AND THEY SENT A HELO TO INVESTIGATE. DEN ADVISED.

MOR Alert for JFK
Number: JFK-M-2015/06/24-0003
Type: Improper/Unexpected A/C or Vehicle inside ILS protected area, apch hold area, POFZ or final apch OCS.
Date/Time: Jun 24, 2015 – 2245Z
A/C: UAE205 (A388)

Summary: AT 2230Z, UAE205, H/A388, REPORTED AN UNIDENTIFIED DRONE ON APPROX 10 NM FINAL TO RWY 31L AT APPROX 3000 FEET. THE PILOT STATED THE DRONE WAS “BLACK AND RED OFF HIS RIGHT SIDE ON THE SHORE”. PAPD NOTIFIED. N90 WATCH DESK NOTIFIED. DEN NOTIFIED.

Aircraft: Airbus A380
Operator: Emirates
Flight: UAE205
Aircraft altitude: 3000 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.