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Drone airpox report involving an Avro RJ100 near London City Airport

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by an Avro RJ100 near London City Airport on 19 June 2016. Separation distance reported as 20 metres.

The RJ100 pilot reported that he was on final approach into London City Airport runway 27 at 3000 ft on the Localizer 6 nm before touchdown, shortly before intercepting the glideslope, when a flying object (for the FO it looked like a drone, coloured yellow) crossed their path approximately at the same altitude and 20 meters in front the aircraft from the right to the left; the wind was coming from the southwest. The FO spotted the object and advised “Look at that!”, the Captain couldn`t see it because it had already passed. The F/O thought that the object may have hit the left wing area, according to the observed flight path, there was no evidence of damage from the post flight inspection. The approach and landing were uneventful. The situation happened very quickly therefore an avoidance manoeuvre would not have been possible.

Reported separation: 0 ft vertical / 60 ft (20 m) horizontal.

Aircraft:  Avro RJ100
Operator: Swiss International Air Lines
Registration: HB-IYT
Flight: LX456
Aircraft altitude: 3000 ft
Separation: 60 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 airpox report involving an Embraer ERJ-170 near London City Airport

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by Embraer ERJ-170 near London City Airport on 6 December 2015. Separation distance reported as 164 feet.

On 6 December 2015, the pilot of an ERJ-170 reported that he was on final approach to London City, passing 1000ft when he saw a red and black UAV. He reported that there was a high cockpit workload as they were landing, and it was too late to take any avoiding action. The drone passed overhead by 100ft and 50m to the port side. It could have been stationary, but the wind at this level was in excess of 20kts. He believed that the aircraft about 2mins ahead of him had also reported seeing the drone.

Reported separation: 100 ft vertical (30 m) / 164 ft (50 m) horizontal.

Aircraft: Embraer ERJ-170
Operator:
Flight:
Aircraft altitude: 1000 ft
Separation: 164 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 airpox report involving an Embraer ERJ-190 near London-City Airport

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by Embraer ERJ-190 near London-City Airport on 23 September 2015. Separation distance reported as 50 feet.

THE E190 PILOT reports on final approach to London/City RW27 when the First Officer (PF) saw what he identified as a yellow RC helicopter 300m ahead. He called it to the Captain’s attention; both pilots simultaneously assessed that the object would not collide with them so the aircraft was allowed to continue its glidepath descent on autopilot. The pilot stated that it appeared that the drone was in level flight and that it was fortuitous their descending flight path took them clear. He notified the London/City Tower controller by radio and spoke with the police in person after landing.
He assessed the risk of collision as ‘Medium’.

The Board noted that the drone had passed close enough to the E190 for the First Officer to identify it as a ‘yellow helicopter’ and that the drone should not have been operated at the reported altitude in that vicinity. Because it should not have been flown in that airspace, it was agreed that the cause of the Airprox was that the drone had been flown into conflict with the E190. Unfortunately, tracing action on the drone operator was unsuccessful. The Board noted that the drone had reportedly passed close to the E190 (circa 50ft). They also noted that neither pilot had felt it necessary to take avoiding action to prevent an actual collision because their aircraft was already descending just below the drone. The Board agreed that safety margins had been much reduced and that there had been little opportunity for the crew to react; however, the fact that they had been able to make a conscious decision that there was enough separation prompted the Board to classify this as a Category B risk.

Aircraft: Embraer ERJ-190
Operator:
Flight:
Aircraft altitude: 2600 ft
Separation: 50 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 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.