Gloucestershire Airport aircraft nearly hit by drone

GLOUCESTERSHIRE Police are appealing for information after a near miss between an unlicensed drone and an aircraft earlier this week.

It was reported on Tuesday (27 April) that a pilot was flying his aircraft over the Brockworth area at around 7.30pm the night before when he was nearly hit by a drone.

This took place approximately two miles south of Gloucestershire Airport at Churchdown whilst the aircraft was flying at 2400ft and could have caused a serious collision.

According to London Air Traffic Control, the drone was not licensed.

Updated legislation around the use of drones came into effect in March 2019 making it an offence to fly a drone without the permission of air traffic control and to fly a drone within an aerodrome traffic zone, committing these offences can result in an arrest and possible prosecution.

It’s not known if the drone pilot was aware of what happened and more information on where you can fly drones can be found on the Civil Aviation Authority website: https://register-drones.caa.co.uk/drone-code/where-you-can-fly

Officers are asking anyone who has information on the individual flying the drone to please get in contact.

Information can be submitted by completing the following online form and referencing incident 98 of 27 April: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/

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