No More Near Misses?14 Nov 2017
For such small devices, drones are causing huge problems for airports around the world. Back in April, a drone was discovered flying underneath the belly of an aircraft landing at Chengdu Airport in Sichuan Province, China. 60 flights were subsequently interrupted and more than 10,000 passengers stranded at the airport, which is the fourth busiest in mainland China.
The delay comes after a string of high-profile incidents reported this year at airports around the world. In August, a Delta pilot spotted a drone flying dangerously close to a plane attempting to land at Detroit Airport. In July, a drone was founded wandering into San Francisco International Airport’s restricted airspace. And in June, a passenger jet came with 200ft of crashing into a 'drone' in what was described as a “serious near miss” above County Durham, in northeast England.
These are just the incidents the public hears about. “If you look back over several quarters of Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) data you get a sense of how often pilots are having problems,” says Pablo Estrada, vice president of marketing at Dedrone, a drone-detection technology company. “They don’t always make the news but they do point to the frequency of the nature of the threat. The problem is just getting bigger and bigger.”
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