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Drone airpox report involving a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner near London Heathrow Airport

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner near London Heathrow Airport on 20 June 2016. Separation distance reported as less than 200 feet.

The 787 pilot reported after departing from Heathrow runway 27L, whilst climbing to 6000ft they turned left in accordance with the SID and established contact with London control. A radar heading of 130° was given. Approximately 2nm from EPM VOR the captain spotted a flying object in the distance, 12 o’clock position, slightly below. There was no TCAS contact or Traffic Information. Only once the object passed beneath the aircraft was it obvious that it was an unmanned drone, metallic green in colour with two ellipsoidal pods. The drone could have been hovering, but the perspective made it look as though it was flying in the opposite direction, vertical separation was not more than 200ft.

Reported separation: <200 ft (61 m) vertical / 0 ft (0 m) horizontal.

Aircraft:  Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
Operator: Royal Brunei Airlines
Registration: V8-DLA
Flight: BI98
Aircraft altitude: 6000 ft
Separation: < 200 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 Aeromexico Boeing 787-8 near New York, New York

The FAA reported a drone sighting by a Boeing 787-8 near New York, New York on 25 June 2015. Separation distance reported as 100 feet.

PRELIM INFO FROM FAA OPS: JFK/UAS INCIDENT/6-25 1323E/JFK ATCT ADVISED AERO MEXICO 408, B788, REPORTED A UAS, TYPE UNKN, 100 FEET BELOW AND TO THE LEFT OF THE ACFT VCNTY OF JFK ARPT. NO EVASIVE ACTION REPORTED. UNKN IF LEOS NOTIFIED. REPORT FILED LATE.

MOR Alert for JFK
Number: JFK-M-2015/07/02-0002
Type: Public inquiry or concern (including all pilot reported NMACs)
Date/Time: Jun 25, 2015 – 1723Z
A/C: AMX408 (B788)

Summary: Safety report received via e-mail from AMX concerns a drone reported by their crew to JFK LC2 on 6/25/2015. FLM on duty remembers ATCS told him AMX saw a drone on his left. A scan of R-ACD showed a police helo to the left of AMX, and FLM believed that was what was seen by AMX. The controller did not mention that the pilot had reported the drone 100′ below him and “almost had a midair.” This information was gotten after numerous play backs of the voice recording. The pilot had a strong accent and made it diffucult to clearly understand what was reported. The controller is now retired and out of country.

Aircraft: Boeing 787-8
Operator: Aeromexico
Flight: AMX408
Aircraft altitude: ft
Separation: 100 feet
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.