Photo: Meisterflieger/Wikipedia

Drone flies dangerously close to incoming United flight at Newark

Bradley Wint
By - Founder/Executive Editor
Aug 2, 2017 5:25am AST
Photo: Meisterflieger/Wikipedia

As more and more people purchase and operate drones, they tend to forget about the responsibility that goes into flying one.

Even though there have been very few run-ins with drones and airplanes (yes, that Southwest drone crash video was fake), it’s definitely something of concern.

A United flight arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey was just two miles from touch down when they were warned about the presence of a drone to their left, just a quarter mile away (402 meters).

“See about a quarter mile to the left,” the air traffic control worker told the United crew.  “That white [inaudible] sitting on top?”

“Yes, we do see it,” the pilot responded.

The crew on board United flight 135 kept track of the intruding drone but still managed to avoid any danger, landing safely a few minutes later around 11:55 AM.

The flight was being operated by a Boeing 767-400ER, and had originated from Zurich, Switzerland.

The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) released the following statement

Preliminary information shows that United Flight 135, a Boeing 767, reported a near mid-air collision with a white unmanned aircraft approximately two miles southwest of Newark. The FAA notified the New Jersey State Police.

By law, drones are not supposed to be operated above 400 feet and should not be within a 5-mile radius of any airport (without prior permission from the authorities).

Details about the situation are still sketchy, but should the drone have been closer to the airplane, it could have been very problematic for the crew and passengers on board if it was sucked into the engine, given that today’s drones are much bigger than before.

Unfortunately, many drone operators still do not know the risks of operating devices like this.

Have your say

Comments are closed.

Stay in check with our daily burst of news stories delivered to your inbox.

Read more

Up to 40,000 OnePlus customers have their credit card details exposed in data breach

Privacy/Security - If you’ve recently purchased something via the OnePlus website, you may need to regularly check your credit card statement as…

By - Jan 19, 2018 5:04pm AST

The 9 best vlogging cameras for 2018

Entertainment - Even with the YouTube apocalypse, vlogging is still a huge deal. Last year we talked about some of the top…

By - Jan 19, 2018 1:42am AST

YouTube and Facebook pull Tide Pod Challenge videos because people are stupid

Social Media - It’s a new year and people are already doing dumb things for their 15 minutes of internet fame. Both Facebook…

By - Jan 18, 2018 11:10pm AST

Apple will soon allow you to disable battery management software on older iPhones

Mobile - After a wave of mounting criticism, lawsuits, and PR statements, Tim Cook has announced that users will now have the…

By - Jan 18, 2018 3:21am AST

7 things the media gets wrong about air travel and aviation

Travel - When there is ‘trouble’ in the sky, there tends to be ‘trouble’ with the reporting as well. Many news agencies,…

By - Jan 18, 2018 1:47am AST

Apple issues iOS 11.2.2 to address Spectre vulnerability

Mobile - In the wake of the industry-wide Spectre and Meltdown chip flaws, Apple has issued a security update for iOS 11…

By - Jan 8, 2018 2:55pm AST

Social media “Fear Of Missing Out” detrimental to our mental well-being

Science/Space - Human beings generally see themselves in the best light possible compared to others. This psychological phenomenon is called illusory superiority….

By - Jan 2, 2018 11:50pm AST

Passengers on Hawaiian Airlines flight celebrate New Year’s Day twice due to delay

Travel - Passengers on board a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Auckland, New Zealand to Honolulu, Hawaii were able to celebrate New Year’s…

By - Jan 1, 2018 11:13pm AST

LG shows off world’s first 88-inch 8K OLED display for CES 2018

Technology - LG is stepping up the display game with the unveiling of a world first 88-inch, 8K OLED display. When compared…

By - Jan 1, 2018 10:33pm AST

How to fix Samsung Galaxy Note 8 charging issues

Technology - Some Samsung Galaxy Note 8 customers have run into a peculiar situation where their phones refuse to charge after being…

By - Jan 1, 2018 12:31am AST