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Drone airpox report involving a Cessna 560XL Citation XLS near Biggin Hill Airport

The UK Airprox Board investigated a drone near-miss reported by a Cessna 560XL Citation XLS near Biggin Hill Airport on 25 June 2016. Separation distance reported as less than 200 feet.

The pilot reported that they were taking radar vectors for weather avoidance and had a high cockpit workload. The PM visually acquired a contact on the nose at a range of about 1/2nm, and estimated it to be below. He made the PF, who was in the right-hand seat, aware and within 2 seconds of the PF acquiring the contact (and 5 seconds from when the PM had first seen it), a drone passed down the right-hand-side of the aircraft, 20ft below and 30ft to the right of the cockpit position, therefore only just beyond the wing-span. The object was a day-glo orange drone with 4 rotors and an under-slung camera housing with a ‘fisheye’ lens bubble, estimated to be about 1 cubic ft. It could have been hovering, although it looked to be slowly drawing to the right.

Reported separation: 20 ft (6 m) vertical / 32 ft (10 m) horizontal.

Aircraft:  Cessna 560XL Citation XLS
Operator:
Registration:
Flight:
Aircraft altitude: 3000 ft
Separation: 32 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 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 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 near-miss reported involving a Lufthansa Airbus A321 near Munich Airport

Lufthansa Airbus A321 was reportedly involved in a near-miss with a drone near Munich Airport on 4 August 2016. Separation distance reported as 33 feet.

A quadrocopter drone passed the Lufthansa flight LH116, an A321 D-AIRY, as the airplane was descending through about 5580 ft on approach to runway 08L. The drone passed at same height, about 10 m/33 ft. off the right-hand wing tip.
There were 108 passengers and six crew on board.

Aircraft: Airbus A321
Operator: Lufthansa
Flight: LH116
Aircraft altitude: 5580 ft
Separation: 33 feet
Source: http://atwonline.com/safety/lufthansa-reports-near-miss-uav-munich


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 near-miss reported involving a Westpac Surf Lifesaving Rescue MBB BO-105 near Noosa’s First Point, QLD

Westpac Surf Lifesaving Rescue MBB BO-105 was reportedly involved in a near-miss with a drone near Noosa’s First Point, QLD on 31 July 2016. Separation distance reported as 100 feet.

The Westpac Surf Lifesaving Rescue Helicopter (Lifesaver 45) was doing a routine patrol of the coastline, heading north from its Caloundra base when it encountered a drone at a height of about 200ft (approx 60m). The drone passed 30m below and 15m to the side of the helicopter.

Aircraft: MBB BO-105
Operator: Westpac Surf Lifesaving Rescue
Flight:
Aircraft altitude: 200 ft
Separation: 100 feet
Source: http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/drone-near-miss-couldve-brought-down-rescue-choppe/3071120/


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 near-miss reported involving an Edmonton Police Service Eurocopter EC120B near Edmonton

n Edmonton Police Service Eurocopter EC120B was reportedly involved in a near-miss with a drone near Edmonton on 8 July 2016. Separation distance reported as 33-66 feet.

An Edmonton Police Service helicopter, Air 1 (C-FEPS), was on a call to the north east of Edmonton when it encountered a drone on a collision course. A drone was about 10 – 20 meters from Air – 1, while both were 450 meters in the air. Cst. Brian Griffith, the pilot at the time, estimates the drone was on a closure rate of 200 km/hour, but he was able to get out of the way.

Aircraft: Eurocopter EC120B
Operator: Edmonton Police Service
Flight: Air 1
Aircraft altitude: 1475 ft
Separation: 33-66 feet
Source: http://www.metronews.ca/news/edmonton/2016/08/05/edmonton-police-helicopter-has-a-near-miss-with-drone-.html


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 near-miss reported involving a KLM Boeing 737-800 near Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport

KLM Boeing 737-800 was reportedly involved in a near-miss with a drone near Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport on 7 May 2016. Separation distance reported as 200 feet.

KLM Flight KL1286 from Edinburgh to Amsterdam reported a drone on the left hand side of the aircraft shortly after having been cleared to land.
The aircraft was at 600 ft and reported the drone 30 m off the left hand side.
The aircraft was two nautical miles from the threshold of runway 18R.

Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Operator: KLM
Flight: KL1286
Aircraft altitude: 600 ft
Separation: 200 feet
Source: https://www.upinthesky.nl/2016/05/07/klm-737-vliegt-vlak-langs-drone/


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 near-miss reported involving a skyding aircraft near Parafield Airport, SA

skyding aircraft was reportedly involved in a near-miss with a drone near Parafield Airport, SA on 17 April 2016. Separation distance reported as 100 feet.

The pilot of a skyding aircraft was flying at about 1,100 feet near Parafield Airport when she spotted the drone about 100 feet beneath her.

Aircraft: skyding aircraft
Operator:
Flight:
Aircraft altitude: 1100 ft
Separation: 100 feet
Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-20/drone-in-near-miss-with-light-plane-in-adelaide:-casa/7339908?section=sa


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.