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Rising problem of drone ‘near misses’ with commercial flights

KEY POINTS

  • A drone had a near miss with a commercial flight in New Zealand
  • Incident raised safety concerns
  • In Britain, four planes were involved in potentially fatal near misses last month
  • British govt plans to impose stricter controls on unmanned aircraft

There has been rising instances of drone ‘near misses’ with a commercial flight.

In New Zealand, a drone had a near miss with a commercial flight in controlled airspace above Christchurch on Monday. The pilot of an Air New Zealand A320, with 166 passengers on board, reported sighting a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System flying in controlled air space north of Christchurch.The incident was technically a “near miss” but raised significant safety concerns.

Meanwhile, In Britain, four planes flying close to major British airports were involved in potentially fatal near misses with drones in the last month. After the incident, the British government plans to impose stricter controls on the unmanned aircraft.