Drone Camera Captures Frightening Near Miss With Plane Landing at Las Vegas Airport
Federal Aviation Administration is reportedly investigating the drone pilot who experienced a near miss with a commercial airplane over the Las Vegas airport.
FAA is reportedly investigating this video that shows an amateur drone flying above a plane about to land at Las Vegas airport. The terrifying footage shows a close call between the drone and the airplane recorded from the drone's onboard camera. The drone in question is breaking several laws by both flying this high as well as flying this close to an airport.
In a study released by the FAA last year that compared the potential damage of small drones and birds to commercial airplanes, drones came out on top as the worst potential hazard. The plastic and metal contraptions can cause significant damage to an airplane if it makes contact with the plane's windscreen or gets sucked into the engines of the plane. The Academy of Model Aeronautics, which represents hobbyists who fly drones, responded to the video saying, “No one should be flying in a careless and reckless manner and — importantly — all drone and model aircraft pilots must stay well clear of manned aircraft. We condemn the type of operation depicted in this video."
The FAA have developed a very rigorous guide for hobby drone pilots on their website that takes droners through a series of steps to educate them on appropriate drone use. The educational website has a large section dedicated to where drones can and can’t fly. Obviously, one of the first things stated is “Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports.” Drone flyers beware the FFA are watching.
Via: AIRLIVE net