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July 23, 2015 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A Lufthansa flight with 108 passengers aboard narrowly avoided hitting a drone as it approached Warsaw’s main airport, the airline confirmed.

Drones are proliferating rapidly and becoming an increasing hazard to aviation. In this case, the Lufthansa pilots took issue with the control tower.

Simon Hradecky’s Aviation Herald reported the plane was on final approach when flight crew reported “in quite aggravated tone” that they had just had a near collision with a drone, definitely a drone, at 2500 feet.

The Lufthansa Embraer ERJ-195 flying from Munich to Warsaw missed the drone by about 100 metres, a hairsbreadth at the speed at which aircraft travel.

The Lufthansa crew told Warsaw air traffic control to “take care of your airspace”, adding “it is really dangerous”.

The control tower responded in a “quite apologetic” manner and the plane made a safe landing about three minutes later, the Aviation Herald said.

The Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) said later it had placed the incident in the hands of the police.

Police and military helicopters sent to the area could not locate the rogue drone, and PANSA changed landing directions for all other planes until the area was clear.

The European Union is working on new regulations for drones. They should be ready in a few months.

Written by Peter Needham

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