Published on : Monday, April 18, 2016
Carrying 132 passengers and five crew members, the pilot of the BA727 flight of Airbus A320 from Geneva reported to the police that the front of the aircraft had been struck by the unmanned object shortly before it landed.
An investigation had been launched into the incident, which follows a string of near misses involving drones.
Although the aircraft landed intact and was later cleared for its next flight, it has renewed calls for more to be done to curb drone use amid a quadrupling of near-misses involving drones and aircraft in the UK in recent months.
Airline pilots want tests to be carried out to discover what would happen if a drone hit a passenger jet. Initial tests could cost around £250,000.
According to a Civil Aviation Authority spokesman, it is “totally unacceptable” to fly drones near airports and anyone breaking the rules can face “severe penalties, including imprisonment”.
The UK Airprox Board said that between April and October last year, as many as 23 near-misses between drones and aircraft took place.
Civil Aviation Authority said that drone users have to understand that when taking to the skies they are potentially flying close to one of the busiest areas of airspace in the world – a complex system that brings together all manner of aircraft including passenger aeroplanes, military jets, helicopters, gliders and light aircraft.”
According to the rules, drones are not allowed to be flown near airports and that drone users should never lose sight of their drone which means they should not fly them above 400ft.
A British Airways spokesman reported that the aircraft landed safely and has been fully examined by the enginerrs and has been cleared to operate its next flight.
No arrests have been made as of now and inquiries are being continued.