Close encounter of the drone kind

The drone passed less than 100 feet below the airplane

An Airbus had a near-miss with a drone on approach to Lindbergh Field. The San Diego tower controller said no near-miss report was warranted.
  • An Airbus had a near-miss with a drone on approach to Lindbergh Field. The San Diego tower controller said no near-miss report was warranted.

The pilot of an Airbus passenger jet descending for an August landing at San Diego’s Lindbergh Field has reported a harrowing encounter with an unmanned aerial vehicle at 1200 feet. “The drone passed less than 100 feet below the airplane, just right of the nose centerline,” says the report posted on the Federal Aviation Agency’s incident reporting site. “No evasive action taken as time did not permit. It happened extremely fast. We reported the event to tower immediately. I reported the event to dispatch after gate arrival via phone. Also, the SAN Tower Controller called me to discuss the details needed for her report. She informed me that since our initial radio report did not include the statement ‘near-miss’, that she would not be filing a near-miss report. I informed her that the dispatcher and I were filing near-miss reports.”

San Diego of late has faced criticism from those who say that the city’s drone enforcement isn’t sufficient enough to limit dangerous operations, but officials blame federal regulators, including the Federal Aviation Administration, for the risky security lapses.

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