Cornish Drone in "Near Miss" With Commercial Flight Outside Newquay Airport

By Gary Cutlack on at

Someone -- we will assume an unmarried man in his late 30s or early 40s with thinning hair until told otherwise -- nearly crashed his drone into a passenger flight coming out of Cornwall's Newquay airport. The police are after him as we're yet to know conclusively one way or another if a drone going into an engine would make the plane crash or not, and no one's that keen to find out.

According to reports, the incident took place on Wednesday afternoon, and involved a plane with 62 people onboard. So it must've been a little Flybe one or some other smaller operator who runs things out of Newquay. A local police spokesman said: "The aircraft was travelling at around 900 feet and was approximately two miles from the airport, just south of St Columb Major when it reported a near-miss with a drone which flew alongside the aircraft."

"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," the police officer added, also saying, interestingly, that the force's "specialist drone unit" will be handling the investigation from now on. So learn the rules or the police might confiscate your toy. [Independent]

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