Tuesday 6 December 2016

Heathrow 'drone collision' may just have been a plastic bag

Mark O'Beirne

Published 22/04/2016 | 15:44

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There were reports earlier this week of a passenger plane colliding with a drone at Heathrow airport, but it may have been nothing more than a plastic bag.

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Earlier this week, police in the UK reported that a passenger plane collided with a drone when landing at Heathrow airport. It turns out that it may have been little more than a plastic bag.

The UK’s transport minister told The Telegraph, "The reported drone strike on Sunday has not been confirmed it was actually a drone. It was the local police force that tweeted that they had a report of a drone striking an aircraft.”

"And indeed the early reports of a dent in the front of the plane were not confirmed — there was no actual damage to the plane and there's indeed some speculation that it may have even been a plastic bag or something," he added.

Goodwill also dismissed the idea that tighter security is needed, saying that current regulations are strong enough.

"There are already existing laws in place that require the user of drones to maintain direct unaided visual contact with their vehicle and not to recklessly or negligently permit an aircraft to endanger any person or property,” he explained.

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