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British Airways Plane Likely Hit By Drone

Airlines & Airports | Amy Coyne Bredeson | April 17, 2016

British Airways Plane Likely Hit By Drone

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A drone is suspected of hitting a British Airways plane heading to London today,  ABC News reported. 

Flight 727, which was on its way from Geneva Airport in Geneva to Heathrow Airport in London, landed safely this afternoon, Metropolitan police told ABC.

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The pilot reported that he thought an object had hit the front of the plane, police told ABC.

British Airways said the aircraft "was fully examined by our engineers, and it was cleared to operate its next flight,” according to ABC News.

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"Safety and security are always our first priority, and we will give the police every assistance with their investigation," British Airways said to ABC News.

Aviation police officers based at Heathrow Airport are investigating the incident, but no one has been arrested yet, police told ABC.

"Safety is our first priority," a Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson told ABC News. "Anyone operating a drone must do so responsibly and observe all relevant rules and regulations. The rules for flying drones are designed to keep all airspace users safe. It is totally unacceptable to fly drones close to airports, and anyone flouting the rules can face severe penalties, including imprisonment."




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