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Drone airpox report involving a Boeing 747 near London Heathrow Airport

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by a Boeing 747  near London Heathrow Airport on 23 June 2016. Separation distance reported as less than 200 feet.

The 747 pilot reported that he was inbound to Heathrow and positioning downwind at 4000ft when a drone passed over the nose of the aircraft, about 100ft above. No avoiding action was taken.

Reported separation: 100 ft (30 m) vertical / 0 ft (0 m) horizontal.

Aircraft:  Boeing 747
Operator:
Registration:
Flight:
Aircraft altitude: 4000 ft
Separation: 100 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 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 airpox report involving an Airbus A319 near London Heathrow Airport

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by an Airbus A319 near London Heathrow Airport on 21 May 2016. Separation distance reported as 30 feet.

The A319 pilot reported descending at 4nm to land on RW27L when a drone was sighted in the 11 o’clock position, extremely close to the aircraft and too late to take any evasive action. The drone appeared to be approximately 1 metre in length and green with possible purple markings.

Reported separation: slightly above / 30 ft (10 m) horizontal.

Aircraft: Airbus A319
Operator: British Airways
Registration: G-EUPK
Flight: BA969
Aircraft altitude: 1200 ft
Separation: 30 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 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 airpox report involving a Monarch Airlines Airbus A321 near London-Heathrow Airport

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by Monarch Airlines Airbus A321 near London-Heathrow Airport on 28 November 2015. Separation distance reported as 80 feet.

On 28 November 2015, the pilot of an Airbus A321 reported conducting a normal ILS Approach to RW26L at London-Gatwick Airport. The Captain was flying (PF) and the reporting pilot was pilot monitoring (PM). At 100ft agl he saw what he assumed was a bird hovering at about that height above the RW26L touchdown markers, on the centreline, which did not warrant mentioning. He kept watching, with increasing suspicion as the object remained in the same spot in the front cockpit window, hovering, entirely stationary, and not ‘flapping’, unlike a bird. At about 30ft agl, when just about to land, he realised it was a drone with a dark/black colour frame. He lost sight of the drone at 20ft agl and continued for a normal landing. He noted that there was not enough time to state or discuss the sighting with the PF at such a critical phase of flight.

Reported separation: 80 ft (24 m) vertical / 0 ft horizontal.
Flight involved: ZB265 Alicante (ALC) – London-Gatwick (LGW); Airbus A321 G-ZBAM

Aircraft: Airbus A321
Operator: Monarch Airlines
Flight: ZB265
Aircraft altitude: 100 ft
Separation: 80 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 Emirates Airbus A380 near London-Heathrow Airport

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by n Emirates Airbus A380 near London-Heathrow Airport on 13 October 2015. Separation distance reported as 262 feet.

On 13 October 2015, the pilot of an Airbus A380 reported being on the DET 1J SID from London-Heathrow Airport. In the right turn, the crew observed a large object at the same altitude which appeared to be taking avoiding action. The object passed within 70-80m, down the port side. It was greyish-white in colour, had a span of about 2m and was semi-circular in design; it appeared to have propulsion at the rear of the structure. No avoiding action was necessary. They advised ATC of the sighting, and a follow-up call was made to the airport police.

Reported separation: 150 ft (46 m) vertical / 262 ft (80 m) horizontal.
Flight involved: EK030 London-Heathrow (LHR) – Dubai (DXB); Airbus A380 A6-EEE

Aircraft: Airbus A380
Operator: Emirates
Flight: EK30
Aircraft altitude: ft
Separation: 262 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 Airbus A320 near London-Heathrow Airport

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by Airbus A320 near London-Heathrow Airport on 15 March 2015. Separation distance reported as 50 feet.

THE A320 PILOT reports conducting a normal approach to RW09L at London Heathrow. At 4.5nm from the threshold, a black object appeared and was observed tracking in a westerly direction, up the approach path. The object passed about 50ft directly above the aircraft. ATC were informed. The pilot did not take avoiding action, and the approach was continued to a normal landing. The pilot stated that the object was rectangular in shape and appeared to be propeller driven, ‘like a drone’.

The Board considered the actions of the A320 pilot and noted that, with his aircraft configured for landing, he had had only a limited capability to take avoiding action had it been required. They also noted that the pilot had simply reported that the encounter had involved a non-specific drone-like or balloon-like object; Board members opined that it had probably been a combination of his closure speed and the startle factor of suddenly seeing something on his approach path that had contributed to his uncertainty. Some members felt that it may indeed have been a balloon, which the prevailing wind would have blown along the approach path, but others noted that he had later commented that it appeared to be propeller-driven and so this indicated to them that it was more possibly a small unmanned object. After much discussion, members agreed that, although there had clearly been something there, in this case there was simply too little information to make a reliable assessment of either what it was or the risk of collision. Nevertheless, it was clear that the A320 pilot had been concerned by its proximity and the consequent safety of his aircraft.

Aircraft: Airbus A320
Operator:
Flight:
Aircraft altitude: 1700 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.