Wednesday 7 December 2016

We must not wait until there's a disaster before we increase regulation on drones

Published 20/04/2016 | 02:30

'It won’t be long before drones are a genuine menace.' Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
'It won’t be long before drones are a genuine menace.' Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The news that a British Airways Airbus A320 was struck by a drone as it prepared to land in Heathrow on Sunday may have been shocking, but it wasn't surprising.

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On that occasion, the plane, which contained 132 passengers and five crew, collided with the drone at 1,700 feet as it made its approach and while it was cleared to fly again after an inspection by safety engineers, it is just the latest example of unmanned aerial vehicles coming into dangerously close proximity with a plane.

Heathrow has reported an increase in such incidents in recent months and the fact that the collision occurred as the jet was flying over a crowded Richmond Park at the time has caused further alarm for authorities.

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