Drone collision reported at Heathrow

British Airways Airbus A320 aircraft
© Airbus SAS

A jet airliner and a drone reportedly collided near Heathrow Airport, in London, at the weekend. There were no injuries, and after inspection the airliner was cleared to fly its next scheduled sector.

The alleged drone has not been found, nor is it known whether it was being flown for recreation or business.

British news reports say the British Airways Airbus A320 was at 500 feet on final approach when one of its pilots spotted the drone. The flight, from Geneva, in Switzerland, was carrying 132 passengers and five crew.

A report by the UK Airprox Board found that there were 23 near misses between drones and aircraft in the six months between April and October 2015.

In Australia, CASA requires anyone flying a drone for fun to follow five simple rules. They are:

  • You must operate the aircraft in your line-of-sight during daylight. Don’t let it get too far away from you.
  • You must not fly closer than 30 metres to vehicles, boats, buildings or people.
  • You must not fly over any populous area, such as beaches, heavily populated parks, or sports ovals where there is a game in progress.
  • You must not fly higher than 120 metres (400 feet).
  • You should not fly within 5.5km (3 nautical miles) of an airfield.







  1. You MUST not fly higher than 400 ft, but you SHOULD not fly within 5.5km of an airfield? Why is that should and not must?

  2. I received an email at 17:42 tonight from the AAIB about this saying ” ….an occurrence ……” no mention of collision. But it is a worry for all pilots when this happens.

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