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Newquay Passenger Plane Has 'Near-Miss' With Drone

Newquay Passenger Plane Has 'Near-Miss' With Drone

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 10:25am 11th August 2016. (Updated at 3:25pm 11th August 2016)

A passenger plane has had a 'near-miss' with a drone as it was coming in to land at Newquay.

62 people were on board the FlyBe flight from Stansted, when it happened just two miles from the airport.

Police searched the area on Tuesday afternoon, but could not find the drone or the person operating it.

Officers have launched an investigation, describing what happened as 'incredibly concerning.'

Inspector Dave Meredith, said: "At 2.54pm a passenger plane containing 62 people was approaching Newquay Airport to land. The aircraft was travelling at around 900 feet and was approximately 2 miles from the airport, just south of St Columb Major, when it reported a near-miss with a drone which flew alongside the aircraft.

"Police immediately conducted a search of the area but neither the drone nor its operator could be located. This is an incredibly concerning incident; the close proximity of the drone to the passenger aircraft shows a complete disregard by the operator for public safety and we are appealing to the public for information to help us track down this reckless drone operator.

"We view such incidents very seriously and the forces' specialist drone unit will be leading on the investigating into this incident."

A spokesperson from Newquay Cornwall Airport said: On Tue 9th August at approximately 1445pm, the pilot of a landing scheduled air service sighted a drone being flown within the Newquay Air Traffic Zone and adjacent to the final approach to the airport.

"Although on this occasion there was no danger of collision, ATC reported this incident to the Police as the drone should not have been flown in that area without ATC clearance and posed a potential danger to incoming flights.

"The Aircraft in question was a Flybe service inbound from London Stansted."

If anybody has any information relating to the identity of the drone operator they are asked to phone the police on 101 or via email on 101@dc.police.uk quoting police log 443 for the 9th of August.

Information can also be sent to the police anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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