FAA Calls For Action After Close Call With Drone

 Friday, November 28, 2014

 ABC News

The reports of drones flying too high and too close to airports and aircraft have been soaring. “If they hit in the exact, wrong part of an airplane [and] say down an engine, or in the cockpit where the pilots are, it could be catastrophic,” said ABC News aviation consultant Steve Ganyard.New FAA numbers show that since June, pilots have reported 25 near-collisions with drones. On Nov. 19, JetBlue flight 842 out of Georgia encountered a drone as it neared JFK airport. “About two miles out on the final, maybe around four to around 300 feet, looked like one of those unmanned drones was flying right on the final,” the pilot tells air traffic control.