We Knew It Was Coming: Drone Has A Near Miss With An Airbus A320 Airplane

Aug 12, 2015

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We Knew It Was Coming: Drone Has A Near Miss With An Airbus A320 Airplane

Aug 12, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Looking at the events from last year or so, it was just a matter of time until something like this happen. A drone had a near miss with an Airbus A320 airplane in Ben Gurion Airport in Israel.

The Airbus A320 was operated by Brussels Airlines and carries 160 staff and passengers. On Monday afternoon flight BEL3289 was approaching landing and at about 4,000 feet (about 1.2km) the pilot reported that a drone was crossing its path approximately 75-100 meter away. The pilot also reported that the drone was black and blue and had 4 small motors.

It is not clear if this drone was there as a flying camera or for some other reason. Just saying before we flame all drone flying videographers.

The event was reported as a ‘medium’ level event, and if you are unfamiliar with those reports, medium is actually kinda high. The report of the incident was released:

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A complaint has been made to the local police, but the fact that the drone is operated via radio makes it really hard to find the operator.

Issac Raz, a senior investigator for the Israeli ministry of transportation told YNET that

…This is a major incident and it represents a phenomenon that is of a great concern. There is a steep escalation in the number of both private and commercial drones that are flying in the air without any coordination, notification to the relevant controllers or regulation

Now some drones, like the DJI Phantom has built in software that prevents them from flying over certain areas, but I doubt that it has all the airports in the world and that all drones have similar restrictions.

I have said it before on this site, drones are going to get regulation coming up their nose in the near future.

[via ynet]

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8 responses to “We Knew It Was Coming: Drone Has A Near Miss With An Airbus A320 Airplane”

  1. Scott Tyack Avatar
    Scott Tyack

    Considering the security at that airport it’s amazing that this could take place.

    1. echomrg Avatar
      echomrg

      exactly what i was thinking! considering the level of security/paranoia around Ben Gurion i would have expected them to scramble jets to intercept the drone ;)

  2. Jean-Claude Gureghian Avatar
    Jean-Claude Gureghian

    You can’t fix stupid!!

  3. Viggo Næss Avatar
    Viggo Næss

    Forget all the “it almost went wrong” let me see the footage from that drone!!

  4. Ahmet Avatar
    Ahmet

    If the plane was on 4000 feet, then it was pretty far from the airport (I guess 20-25 km), but definitely on the landing path. At some airports it can be over a different country, so it is not that easy to control. I wonder what kind of damage can a drone cause. Planes can handle one or two geese, but those are “soft”

  5. drhassenphefer Avatar
    drhassenphefer

    I’ve got a few problems with the report. First, It’s highly unlikely that this quad was that high off the ground. The battery capacity would maybe allow it, but the bigger limiting factor would be radio range. Second, what quad is big enough that it can be distinctly seen and they can say that it was “black and blue and had 4 small motors”? I can barely spot a bright red and white 1/2 meter hex at 200 ft. I just don’t understand the overestimation that happens in these kind of events.

  6. Adrian Lumsden Avatar
    Adrian Lumsden

    Great. Two grammatical errors in as many words: “an phenomena”. Is this a record?

    So it’s not “an” because the following word begins with a consonant. It’s not “phenomena” because that’s the plural. “A phenomenon” would be correct.

    1. udi tirosh Avatar
      udi tirosh

      thanks for this, it has been fixed.