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Drone nearly hits passenger airliner - maybe on purpose!

Drone nearly hits passenger airliner - maybe on purpose!
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The drone stories never stop, it seems. We were getting incredible video from drones, but now we're hearing dark stories about criminals and soccer riots. This is the latest.

Somebody flew a drone at a passenger aircraft and nearly hit it, according to a British aviation agency. And the act may have been deliberate, they say.

In May, a quadcopter passed within 80 feet of a passenger airliner, coming dangerously close to hitting the plane's right wing while flying about 1,500 feet high. The twin-engine turboprop plane has 74 seats, but the report didn't say how many passengers were aboard at the time.

The report revealed that it had not been possible to trace the drone nor its operators since the incident and concluded that it was disappointing that no one had come forward to take responsibility of the quadcopter.

The incident is considered the first-ever near-miss between a passenger plane and a drone in the UK.

Next page: Find out what the pilot said during the incident
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