VIDEO: Drone comes dangerously close to landing airliner
Police are investigating after video footage emerged on YouTube of a drone flying extremely close to a passenger jet that’s about to land.
The video appears to show a drone flying dangerously close to a commercial jetliner landing at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas.
Both the Federal Aviation Administration and local police are investigating the incident. The FBI was also made aware of the video.
See the video below:
In the United States, reckless operation of a drone, which includes flying it within restricted airspace such as an airport, could warrant a fine of US $1,437 (AED 5,200). In the UAE, the penalties are far more serious.
Drone users caught flying without a valid license in Dubai could be slapped with a fine of up to AED 20,000, while Dubai Airport has deployed a number of ‘drone hunters’ to prevent entry to its airspace.
Dubai Airport was shutdown several times in the last two years due to drone pilots flying their craft dangerously close to aircraft taking off and landing.
Such shutdown cost the Dubai government AED 350,000 per minute, according to industry estimations.