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Dreamliner came within 10 feet of drone on approach to Heathrow

Staff Writer | October 23, 2018
The UK Airprox Board (UKAB) reported that a Boeing 787 Dreamliner came within 10 feet of a drone near London-Heathrow Airport, UK.
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On June 25, 2018, the pilot of Virgin Atlantic flight VS301, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, reported that a drone-like object had passed just below the right wing, avoiding impact with the engine by an estimated 10ft. The aircraft was at 3200 feet over Clapham Common, while on final approach to Heathrow Airport’s runway 27L at the time.

The UKAB “considered that the pilot’s overall account of the incident portrayed a situation where providence had played a major part in the incident and/or a definite risk of collision had existed.”


 

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