The FAA reported a drone sighting by a Canadair CRJ-200 near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 20 December 2015. Separation distance reported as 500 feet.
PRELIM INFO FROM FAA OPS: PITTSBURGH, PA/UAS INCIDENT/1010E/PITTSBURGH APCH REPORTED AIR WISCONSIN 3990, CRJ2, DCA – PIT, WHILE ON APCH TO PIT AT 5,000 FEET OBSERVED A BLACK, 2 ROTOR UAS WITH CAMERA POD, 500 FEET OFF LEFT WING AND 200 FEET ABOVE. NO EVASIVE ACTION TAKEN. ALLEGHENY COUNTY SHERIFF NOTIFIED
CORRECTION INFO FROM FAA OPS: PITTSBURGH, PA/UAS INCIDENT/1510E/PITTSBURGH APCH REPORTED AIR WISCONSIN 3990, CRJ2, DCA – PIT, WHILE ON APCH TO PIT AT 5,000 FEET REPORTED A NEAR MISS WITH A BLACK, 2 ROTOR UAS WITH CAMERA POD UNDERNEATH, 500 FEET OFF THEIR LEFT WING AND 200 FEET ABOVE. NO EVASIVE ACTION TAKEN. ALLEGHENY COUNTY SHERIFF NOTIFIED
MOR Alert for PIT
Type: Public inquiry or concern (including all pilot reported NMACs)
Date/Time: Dec 20, 2015 – 1452Z
A/C: AWI3990 (CRJ2)
Summary: AWI3990 WAS EAST OF AGC AT 5000′ REPORTED A NEAR MISS WITH A DRONE THAT WAS OPERATING AT APPROXIMATELY 5200′, THE PILOT CALLED AND SAID THAT THE DRONE WAS BLACK AND LOOKED LIKE A TWO ROTOR DRONE WITH A CAMERA POD ATTACHED TO BOTTOM, THE DRONE WAS APPROXIMATELY 500′ OFF OF THEIR LEFT WING AND APPROXIMATELY 200′ ABOVE THEM.
Aircraft: Canadair CRJ-200
Operator: Air Wisconsin
Aircraft altitude: 5000 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.