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Drone HITS British Airways plane moments before jet lands at Heathrow Airport

A BRITISH Airways flight was struck by what is believed to be a drone as it came in to land at Heathrow Airport, police said.


Flight BA727 from Geneva in Switzerland was hit as it came into the London hub on Sunday afternoon with 132 passengers and five crew on board.

BA said the Airbus A320 was examined by engineers and cleared to take off for its next flight following the incident.

It is the latest and most serious in a string of incidents involving drones at the airport, with several near misses between flights and un-manned aircraft reported in the last year.

And it raises the issue of regulation and control of drones, especially in sensitive areas like airports.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: “A pilot on an inbound flight into Heathrow Airport from Geneva reported to police that he believed a drone had struck the aircraft.

“The flight landed at Heathrow Terminal Five safely. It transpired that an object, believed to be a drone, had struck the front of the aircraft.”

No one has been arrested and aviation police based at Heathrow are investigating.

A BA spokesman said: “Our aircraft landed safely, was fully examined by our engineers and it was cleared to operate its next flight.”

The strike, which took place at around 12.50pm, is the latest in a spate of .

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) “drone code” says the unmanned craft should not be flown above 400 feet and kept away from planes, helicopters, airports and airfield. Those with cameras fitted should also be kept 50m from people, vehicles, buildings and other structures.

Steve Landells, flight safety specialist at the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa), said: “Frankly it was only a matter of time before we had a drone strike given the huge numbers being flown around by amateurs who don’t


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