Drone in 'near-miss' with passenger plane carrying 62 people

UK police appeal for help in tracking down 'reckless drone operator'

Drone in 'near-miss' with passenger plane carrying 62 people

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British police have launched an investigation into reports that a passenger plane was involved in a "near-miss" with a drone in Cornwall. 

The incident happened just before 3pm yesterday afternoon as the commercial flight, which had 62 people on board, was approaching Newquay airport to land. 

Devon and Cornwall Police said the drone flew alongside the aircraft when it was around 900 feet up in the air and two miles from the airport. 

"Police immediately conducted a search of the area but neither the drone nor its operator could be located," inspector Dave Meredith said.

"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."

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