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Drone airpox report involving a British Airways Airbus A319 near London-Heathrow Airport

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by British Airways Airbus A319 near London-Heathrow Airport on 28 November 2015. Separation distance reported as 3040 feet.

On 28 November 2015, the pilot of an Airbus A319 reported that at approx. 1900ft on final approach to London-Heathrow Airport both crew members spotted an object moving rapidly from west to east roughly half a mile to the south of their position. Its height was hard to judge because its size was unknown, but it was thought to be between 400-900ft below them, and was noticeable due to the sunlight glinting off its upper surface. It was overhead Richmond and heading towards Richmond Park. They assessed its flight path as no risk to their own so continued with the approach, had it been further north they felt they would have needed to go-around. Given that they saw the drone at the same time as final configuration for landing, during a high cockpit workload, they considered that it was highly distracting.

Reported separation: 400-900 ft (121-274 m) vertical / 0,5 NM (926 m) horizontal.
Flight involved: BA831 Dublin (DUB) – London-Heathrow (LHR); Airbus A319 G-EUOC

Aircraft: Airbus A319
Operator: British Airways
Flight: BA831
Aircraft altitude: 1900 ft
Separation: 3040 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 a British Airways Boeing 777-200 near New York, New York

The FAA reported a drone sighting by a Boeing 777-200 near New York, New York on 29 October 2015. Separation distance reported as 300 feet.

PRELIM INFO FROM FAA OPS: JFK/UAS INCIDENT/1658E/BRITISH AIRWAYS 177, B772, OBSERVED A BLACK QUADCOPTER, 5 NE JFK, WHILE ON FINAL RUNWAY 22L, ALTITUDE BETWEEN 1,800-2,000 FEET, UAS WAS WESTBOUND APPROX 300 FEET ABOVE ACFT. NO EVASIVE ACTION TAKEN. NYPD AVIATION UNIT NOTIFIED.

MOR Alert for JFK
Type: Public inquiry or concern (including all pilot reported NMACs)
Date/Time: Oct 29, 2015 – 2109Z
A/C: BAW177 (H/B772)

Summary: AT 2058Z, BAW177, H/B772, PILOT REPORTED A POSSIBLE DRONE ON A 5 NM FINAL TO RWY 22L; PILOT REPORTED UNIDENTIFIED AIRCRAFT AT ZALPO. PILOT REPORTED BLACK OBJECT WITH 4 PROPELLERS MOVING WESTBOUND APPROXIMATELY 300 FEET ABOVE HIS ALTITUDE, APPROXIMATELY 1800 FT – 2100 FT. NO EVASIVE ACTION WAS TAKEN BY PILOT. NYPD AND NAPD AVIATION NOTIFIED. DEN NOTIFIED.

Aircraft: Boeing 777-200
Operator: British Airways
Flight: BA177
Aircraft altitude: 1800 ft
Separation: 300 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.

Drone sighting by a British Airways Boeing 767-300 near Blackwood Terrace, New Jersey

The FAA reported a drone sighting by a Boeing 767-300 near Blackwood Terrace, New Jersey on 21 August 2015. Separation distance reported as 100 feet.

PRELIM INFO FROM FAA OPS: BLACKWOOD TERRACE, NJ/UAS INCIDENT/2030E/PHL TRACON ADVISED BRITISH AIRWAYS 69V, B763, LONDON HEATHROW-PHL, REPORTED POSSIBLE UAS PASSED 100 FEET FROM ACFT AT 6,000 FEET VCNTY BLACKWOOD. UNKN IF ANY EVASIVE ACTION TAKEN. NO DESCRIPTION GIVEN. UNKN IF LEO NOTIFIED.

Aircraft: Boeing 767-300
Operator: British Airways
Flight: BA69V
Aircraft altitude: 6000 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.

Drone sighting by a British Airways Boeing 777 near Orlando, Florida

The FAA reported a drone sighting by a Boeing 777 near Orlando, Florida on 1 May 2015. Separation distance reported as 500 feet.

PRELIM INFO FROM FAA OPS: ORLANDO, FL/UAS/1557E/BRITISH AIRWAYS 2036, B777, REPORTED 2 UAS AT 4,000 FEET, 9 E MCO. ACFT WAS SW BOUND TURNING SOUTH AT 4,500 FEET. THE 2 UAS WERE SMALL HELICOPTERS HOVERING. NO EVASIVE ACTION REPORTED. ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF NOTIFIED.

MOR Alert for F11
Number: F11-M-2015/05/01-0001
Type: Other
Date/Time: May 1, 2015 – 1957Z
A/C: BAW2036 (B777)
Summary: BAW2036 B777 IS A DEPARTURE FROM MCO TO EGKK. 8 NE OF MCO CLIMBING OUT OF 045, BAW2036 REPORTED TWO DRONES FIVE TO SIX HUNDRED FEET BELOW HIM. NO OTHER INFORMATION WAS GIVEN ABOUT THE POSSIBLE UAS/DRONES, AND BAW2036 CONTINUED FLIGHT WITH A HANDOFF TO ZMA ARTCC. MCO ATCT WAS NOTIFIED REFERENCE(DEPARTURE COORIDOR). ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF AVIATION UNIT WAS IMMEDIATLY CONTACTED. ROC/DEN,MCO ATCT, ATM NTFD

Aircraft: Boeing 777
Operator: British Airways
Flight: BA2036
Aircraft altitude: 4500 ft
Separation: 500 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.