Representatives of the British Services UK Airprox Board, which investigates emergency situations occurring in the airspace of the country, reported the first documented cases of deliberate attack drone on passenger aircraft.
From the materials of the report that the incident occurred more May 30, 2014, but became aware of it only now. The pilot of a small passenger plane ATR72-500, landing at London Southend Airport, told dispatchers about unidentified objects. At that time the aircraft was at an altitude of about 450 meters, and the object was moving parallel course.
A little later, a second pilot was able to see the object better and said that it is a quadrocopter.
First, the drone is approximately 100 meters away from the plane, but then quickly began to approach him. As a result, the minimum distance between them was only 25 meters.
In the course of investigation appointed experts have failed to establish a place run drone and personality of its owner. In this case, the document emphasizes that quadrocopter was intentionally directed toward the plane and that the risk of collision is rated as “high”.
However, in the final part of the report of the incident, because of the lack of information collected is assigned one of the lowest hazard categories. Officially registered outcome contingency was “the pilot’s concern.”
It is worth noting that the emergence of more affordable flying drones creates certain problems in many areas.
The use of these aircraft is not regulated by legislation in most countries. Thus, a number of attempts to use company quadrocopter for commercial purposes require special approval from the authorities, or even changes in the legislation.
However, many examples show that the drones can be used with success to achieve criminal purposes. For example, they can be used to steal other people’s passwords or spy on the set of the popular films.