The FAA reported a drone sighting by a Boeing 737 near Washington, District of Columbia on 30 October 2015. Separation distance reported as 500 feet.
PRELIM INFO FROM FAA OPS: DCA/UAS INCIDENT/1525E/AMERICAN 240, B737, OBSERVED A SMALL BLACK UAS 9 SSE DCA, ACFT WAS WESTBOUND AT 2,500 FEET, UAS WAS APPROXIMATELY 500 FEET BELOW AT 2,000 FEET HEADING EASTBOUND. NO EVASIVE ACTION TAKEN.
FOLLOW UP INFO (LEO) FROM FAA OPS: DCA/UAS INCIDENT/1549E/AMERICAN 240, B737, OBSERVED A SMALL BLACK UAS 9 SSE DCA, ACFT WAS WESTBOUND AT 2,500 FEET, UAS WAS APPROXIMATELY 500 FEET BELOW AT 2,000 FEET HEADING EASTBOUND. NO EVASIVE ACTION TAKEN. PRINCE GEORGE PD NOTIFIED.
MOR Alert for PCT
Type: A/C entered airspace on other than expected/intended altitude/route/speed or without a point-out or handoff.
Date/Time: Oct 30, 2015 – 1928Z
A/C: AAL240 (B737)
Summary: DCA#2: AT 1928Z, AAL240, B737, DCA165/7, 2,500′, WEST BOUND, REPORTED A BLACK DRONE, EAST BOUND, 2,000′. PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY MD STATE POLICE WERE NOTIFIED
Aircraft: Boeing 737
Operator: American Airlines
Aircraft altitude: 2500 ft
Separation: 500 feet
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.