FAA Investigates Pilot’s Report Of Unmanned Drone Hovering Over Brooklyn

According to a CNN report the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating the claims of an Alitalia passenger jet pilot, who is alleged to have spotted an unmanned drone, hovering over Brooklyn.

The pilot said he saw the “drone” whilst landing the passenger jet at JFK Airport in New York on Monday. On the website LiveATC.net, the pilot can be heard telling radio controllers; “We saw a drone, a drone aircraft.”

In a statement sent to CNN, the FAA said they would be investigating the pilot’s claims that he saw “a small, unmanned or remote-controlled aircraft while on final approach to Runway 31 Right.”

FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said that the pilot claimed to have spotted the aircraft “four to five miles west of the airport at an altitude of approximately 1,500 feet.” This would put the “drone” in the area above Brooklyn.

The “drone” was said to be far enough away that the Alitalia jet did not have to take any evasive action and landed safely at JFK without incident. Air traffic controllers warned other planes that were approaching the runways of the pilot’s report, but at least 2 other pilots radioed back stating that they could not see the aircraft/drone.

Remote-controlled planes or drones like the one that was allegedly spotted by the Alitalia pilot could pose a risk to larger passenger aircraft if they collided or were sucked into an engine.

Hobbyists who fly remote-controlled planes are only allowed by the FAA to go up to the height of 400 feet in the air and they have to keep the plane within the sight of the operator. If they are attempting to fly such devices within 3 miles of an airport, they are instructed to inform air traffic controllers.

Flying unmanned aerial vehicles is currently illegal for most business purposes but governments and authorities like the police department can apply for special permission to operate them.

Last year the FAA opened a “unmanned aircraft systems integration office” as part of efforts to safely integrate the use of unmanned aircraft in national airspace.

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