Air France jet narrowly misses drone over ParisComments
An Air France Airbus A320 jet almost hit a drone while preparing to land at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris last month.
Accident investigators at the French BEA agency say the drone passed just five metres below the left wing of the plane, flying at 5,500 feet, en route from Barcelona on February 19.
The co-pilot, who saw the drone, immediately disengaged the autopilot and carried out an avoidance manoeuvre while informing the captain of the drone’s presence, BEA said on its website.
It has classified the incident as “serious” and an investigation is ongoing.
Drone comes within 20 feet of potentially catastrophic collision with plane over Paris https://t.co/MEcP5KiUNNpic.twitter.com/eZBoHU87SC— Bloomberg Business (@business) 4 mars 2016