Report reveals that a Boeing 737 flying at up to 200mph with 189 passengers was just six feet away from crashing into a drone in the UK’s most dangerous near-misses.

  • Unlawfully flown drones are believed to have been within 6 feet of holiday jets
  • The Jet2 plane from Menorca was about to land at Stansted Airport, 2,700ft
  • According to the UK Airprox Board, it is one of many near-misses in UK aviation’s history. 
  • The Category A threat meant that up to 189 passengers could safely land on September 13.










According to reports, the drone that flew 6 feet away from a holiday plane carrying as many as 189 people at an altitude of 2,700 feet above ground was able to escape with a fortunate escape.

This is the nearest near miss ever recorded in UK aerospace. 

As the drone roared by Stansted at 200mph, it shocked the pilot who thought it was illegally flown.

UK Airprox Board investigates near misses and reports that the pilot claimed to have told controllers that the pilot did not know the reason the aircraft didn’t hit him.

The pilot was able to control his emotions and the Boeing 737 – thought to be a Jet2 flight to Menorca – landed safely on September 13, 2013.

The incident happened as the Jet2 plane prepared to land at Stansted Airport, carrying up to 189 passengers from Menorca

It happened while the Jet2 plane was preparing to land at Stansted Airport. The Jet2 plane carried up to 189 people from Menorca.

The incident was considered to be a Category A high-risk collision.

Near miss occurred approximately three miles west of Harlow in Essex. The plane was about to make its last approach to Stansted when it crashed into the ground.

A suspected drone flew at nearly seven times its legal maximum height of 400ft.

According to his report, the pilot stated that suddenly, a white object believed by be a drone appeared. He narrowly avoided striking the aircraft on the nose cone’s left side.

He stated that the plane passed it without being hit. He said that the whole incident happened so quickly, it was impossible to take any preventive action.

According to the pilot, collision risk was ‘highly probable’. He reported that the device was being flown exactly at the height of the plane from 6 feet away horizontally.

The drone was reported by air traffic controllers, who informed any approaching aircraft of its presence. However, it wasn’t seen again.

According to the report, information on the drone had been passed from the RT to the aircraft that was following the approach sequence. No further sightings were made and all aircraft that followed landed successfully without any incident.

Investigators claimed they couldn’t determine the origin of the unidentified object despite the fact that the pilot reported it to be a drone.

The pilot told air traffic controllers that he 'did not know how it did not hit the aircraft'

Air traffic controllers were told by the pilot that it was not possible for him to know why.

They said: “The Board believed that the pilot’s narrative of the incident showed that providence was an important factor in the accident and/or that there was a real risk of collision.”

The operator of the drone is thought to have been lost.

If they were caught or convicted for endangering an airplane, they may have faced up to five year imprisonment.

Recent years have seen experts warn of the potential danger that a drone could smash the cockpit window of an airplane or cause severe damage to its engine.

Rogue drone operators may fly very close to runways in order to take dramatic video of flying aircraft.

Jet2 did not respond to our request for comment.

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