The plane at Gatwick had a ‘high’ risk of hitting a drone just 40ft away

The crew, who were working at the time of the 4:40 p.m. incident on February 26, thought the “large” drone was being flown as “willful obstruction.”

Crews working at the time of the incident thought the drone had been flown as a
Crews working at the time of the incident thought the drone had been flown as a “deliberate obstruction”.

A Airplane land descending Gatwick Airport was at “high risk” of colliding with a drone while flying just 40ft from the plane in what is suspected to be “deliberate interference”.

Air traffic controllers at Gatwick continued aircraft movements after the pilot of an A321 aircraft spotted and announced a drone at a very short distance less than 500 feet away on his approach to Gatwick.

The crew, who were working at the time of the 4:40 p.m. incident on February 26, thought the “large” drone was being flown as “willful obstruction.”

The drone was reported to be passing the pilots’ two o’clock position on the right-hand side and was large, black with an orange/yellow stripe. Sussex Live Reports.

It was about 50 m from the cockpit and about 30 to 40 feet below them.

The pilots were unable to take evasive action due to the drone’s late sighting, the speed at which it passed its fully stable and configured short final at Gatwick, and its close proximity to the ground.







A report said the risk of collision between the drone and the plane was “high”.
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Pilots said the drone was positioned so they had no doubt it was flown there on purpose.

A report issued by the UK Airprox Board says the reported risk of collision was “high”.

The pilots informed Gatwick Tower of the drone and landed normally and safely at West Sussex Airport.

They then gave Gatwick Ground more details and the captain later made a statement to police.

The plane landed without incident at 4:41 p.m.

Upon exiting the plane, the crew reported finding the drone a “willful obstruction.”

As a result, aircraft movements at Gatwick Airport were suspended for 19 minutes pending a drone assessment by airport authorities.

The ground movement controller then informed them that the crew had reported that the drone was spotted about 600 feet from touchdown on approach, had black markings with yellow markings and had passed 40 meters to the right and about 40 feet below them.

The crew reiterated their view that the drone was a “deliberate obstacle” to their flight.

The security officer at Gatwick air traffic control confirmed that they were not aware of the drone.

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