Wednesday 29 March 2017

Aer Lingus plane reportedly dodges collision with drone over Paris

Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus

Meadhbh McGrath

An Aer Lingus plane narrowly missed a collision with a drone on approach to Paris's Charles De Gaulle airport yesterday, according to reports.

Airport sources said a drone flying at an altitude of more than 2000m skimmed the right wing of an Airbus A320 plane en route from Dublin.

The Aer Lingus pilot said he spotted the drone pass within 150m of the plane while preparing to land on Wednesday afternoon.

Upon landing, the pilot reported the incident to air traffic police, which took place as the plane was flying at 2,300m and 50km from the Paris runway.

It is not yet known how many passengers were travelling on board the flight.

The near-miss occurred just three days after a plane approaching Heathrow Airport is believed to have hit a drone as it came in to land in London.

On Monday, the pilot of a British Airways flight travelling from Geneva reported an object had struck the front of the plane.

In February, an Air France Airbus A320 narrowly avoided a collision with a drone on approach to Charles de Gaulle airport.

The drone passed 5m under the plane’s left wing as it was flying at an altitude of 1,600m and travelling from Barcelona.

The pilot was forced to carry out an emergency manoeuvre to dodge the drone and landed without incident.

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