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DHC-8 in near miss incident with a drone near London City Airport

According to UKAB airprox report, a passenger plane was involved in a near miss with a drone on April 19, 2015 at 14:15 hours local time.

The DHC-8 was being vectored for an ILS approach to runway 09 at London City Airport, U.K. When the aircraft was approximately 3 miles south of London City Airport, and downwind right-hand for runway 09, the pilot reported seeing a drone at approximately 200m range and at the same height of 2000ft. The pilot reported the incident to ATC at the time. After landing the pilot and co-pilot, who had also seen the object, agreed that the miss distance was likely to be 50-150m and that the object was at least 1 metre in size, was black and white in colour and had some letters on it (the second of which may have been an X). A query to London City Tower after landing confirmed that they had had a similar report but not on that day. A passenger on the aircraft also reported seeing a black and white object. A review of the radar did not show any contact in the vicinity.

The U.K. Airprox Board assessed that safety margins had been much reduced below the norm.

 

Drone airpox report involving a DHC-8 near Southampton CTR

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by DHC-8 near Southampton CTR on 26 July 2015. Separation distance reported as 1150 feet.

THE DHC8 PILOT reports that, on contacting Solent Approach, they were informed that a previous aircraft had reported seeing a drone in the vicinity of the aerodrome. On final approach, the crew saw a drone in their right 3 o’clock at a range of about 350m.
The pilot did not make an assessment of the risk of collision.

In this incident, reported at 700ft, members opined that the drone operator was probably flying on First Person View (FPV), for which regulation mandates that an additional person must be used as a competent observer who must maintain direct unaided visual contact with the drone in order to monitor its flight path in relation to other aircraft. The drone was within the Southampton CTR Class D airspace above 400ft and without permission; as a result of his non-compliance with CAA regulations, the Board considered that the drone was flown into conflict with the DHC8. Nevertheless, the Board noted that the DHC8 pilot reported a separation of 350m, and so they considered that there was no risk of collision.

Aircraft: DHC-8
Operator:
Flight:
Aircraft altitude: 750 ft
Separation: 1150 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 Piedmont DHC-8 near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The FAA reported a drone sighting by a DHC-8 near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 12 May 2015. Separation distance reported as unknown.

MOR Alert for PHL
Number: PHL-M-2015/05/12-0002
Type: Other
Date/Time: May 12, 2015 – 1818Z
A/C: PDT4779 (DH8)
Summary: AT 1818Z PDT4779 REPORTED A DRONE AT 4000 FEET 20 NM EAST OF PHL OVER N14 ( FLYING W AIRPORT). PDT4779 WAS NORTH BOUND DESCENDING THROUGH 4700 FEET. THE DRONE WAS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE AIRCRAFT. DEN AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT NOTIFIED.

Aircraft: DHC-8
Operator: Piedmont
Flight: PDT4779
Aircraft altitude: 4000 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.

Drone airpox report involving a DHC-8 near London-City Airport

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by DHC-8 near London-City Airport on 19 April 2015. Separation distance reported as 165-490 feet.

THE DHC8 PILOT reports flying downwind to RW09 at London City, level at 2000ft when a black and white object passed down the right-hand side of the aircraft at the same level. The object may have been stationary. He described the object as a drone with lettering on it, both pilots agreed that one of which was an ‘X’. On disembarkation, a passenger also reported sighting the object.

THE DHC8 PILOT reports flying downwind to RW09 at London City, level at 2000ft when a black and white object passed down the right-hand side of the aircraft at the same level. The object may have been stationary. He described the object as a drone with lettering on it, both pilots agreed that one of which was an ‘X’. On disembarkation, a passenger also reported sighting the object.

Aircraft: DHC-8
Operator:
Flight:
Aircraft altitude: 2000 ft
Separation: 165-490 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.