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2016

Police Probe After BA Plane Struck By Drone

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Police have launched an investigation after a British Airways flight was struck by what was thought to be a drone as it came in to land at Heathrow Airport.

The pilot reported being hit by an object as the Airbus A320 came in to land at Heathrow on Sunday. Fight BA727, carrying 132 passengers and five crew landed safely at Heathrow Terminal 5. Scotland Yard said police based at the airport are looking into Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 09.35.16the incident.

The Air Accidents Investigations Branch – which investigates civil aircraft accidents – has confirmed it has also begun a separate probe.

A British Airways spokesperson said: “Our aircraft landed safely was fully examined by our engineers and it was cleared to operate its next flight.”

“safety and security are always our first priority and we will give the police every assistance with their investigation.”

The strike is the latest and most serious in a string of incidents involving drones and aircraft in UK airspace, several near misses have been reported within the last year.

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