by Nate Wooley | March 5, 2013 11:34 am
A pilot told the Federal Aviation Administration that he saw an unmanned drone on Monday while he was landing.
The pilot — flying an Alitalia passenger jet into New York’s John F. Kennedy airport — told officials that he saw the drone about 1,500 feet over Brooklyn, reports CNN.
“We saw a drone, a drone aircraft,” the pilot radioed to air traffic control. The pilot did not have to alter his approach to JFK to avoid the drone as it was on the other side of the airport from his plane. However, air traffic controllers did alert all other incoming planes to be aware of the report. None of them confirmed the sighting.
A spokeswoman for the FAA said, “The FAA is investigating a report … he saw a small, unmanned or remote-controlled aircraft while on final approach to Runway 31 Right. The sighting was approximately four to five miles west of the airport at an altitude of approximately 1,500 feet.”
It is currently illegal for any non-governmental agency to operate unmanned aerial vehicles. Hobbyists with remote controlled airplanes must keep them below 400 feet.
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