Drone hit British Airways plane approaching Heathrow Airport

Breaking news on BBC.

Could be a first proper strike. Or not.

A plane approaching Heathrow Airport is believed to have hit a drone before it landed safely, the Metropolitan Police have said.

The British Airways flight from Geneva was hit as it approached the London airport at about 12:50 BST with 132 passengers and five crew on board.

After landing, the pilot reported an object - believed to be a drone - had struck the front of the Airbus A320.


Views: 1890

Comment by Martin on April 17, 2016 at 4:57pm

I call Bull Shit on this. If something did hit the plane would still be on the ground and not allowed to fly to it's next destination.

Comment by Thomas Robinson on April 17, 2016 at 5:55pm

Queue the lectures and flaming of irresponsible people operating off the shelf products. Up next: a flaming on those that don't recharge lipos safely.  

Comment by Fnoop on April 17, 2016 at 11:39pm

Unless this is a large (1m+) black drone I'd be sceptical that a pilot would see it long enough to identify it flying at x00mph - something like a white phantom would be difficult to see at that speed?

Anyway I hope they catch the moronic imbecile responsible for this and throw the book at them to discourage other moronic imbeciles from endangering hundreds of peoples lives - for what?  This is akin to shining lasers in pilots eyes.

Comment by Nigel Cartwright on April 18, 2016 at 1:05am

I call Bull Shit on this. If something did hit the plane would still be on the ground and not allowed to fly to it's next destination.

You can call what you like. It was inspected by a BA engineer and released back into service...

Comment by Martin Rüedi on April 18, 2016 at 1:28am

As such aircraft are designed to absorb significant beating (keyword: Canadian goose, 12lb) it is very likely, that most hits would result in no or very minor damage and even hitting very critical areas would result in manageable damage. IMO it is impossible, that a DJI Phantom would ever bring down an airliner....

Check this video at 1:57:


Comment by John Arne Birkeland on April 18, 2016 at 2:25am

Discussing how much damage a quad would cause is pointless. It has no business ever coming close to an airplane in the first place. So the real problem here are people flying quads in the restricted airspace and even worse the actual take-off and landing air corridor for commercial airplanes.

Comment by JB on April 18, 2016 at 3:07am

Stupid people will continue to do stupid things. People should stop flying around drones!! ;-) Don't pilots know that drones are "dangerous"? ;-)

But seriously I fear the day that APM code is used as a guidance system for intentional targeting. Say goodbye to drone freedoms then...whatever taters are left of them. :-(

Comment by Martin Rüedi on April 18, 2016 at 5:03am

Sure, drones must not fly where they are not allowed. And every drone pilot must strictly follow laws and regulations. And we should vehemently encourage/educate/enforce people to not fly like that. But even then stories like this will increasingly make the headlines.

And only then it is good to know, that the fear of crashing airliners by drones is largely exaggerated. To temper the fear of the average, uneducated Joe Public it helps to stress, that the 99% of the drones can't down an airliner...

Comment by Yakrobat on April 18, 2016 at 10:15am

@Fnoop - I've been able to easily and clearly read the words "Happy Birthday" off of a helium filled latex children's balloon at a TAS (closing speed) of around 320KTS (370 mph) while in cruise flight in the mid-30,000 ft altitude band.

Comment by Graham Dyer on April 18, 2016 at 10:51am

A London-based drone enthusiast is to sue Heathrow airport for flying a passenger jet right through his toy.

Simon Williams, 35, said the drone was his pride and joy, and the best eight-hundred pounds he’d ever spent, until a British Airways Airbus A320 flew directly through it, reducing it to worthless garbage.

He told us, “I was just flying my drone like I always do, not filming anything I shouldn’t or looking in bedroom windows or anything, just normal drone stuff, you know.

“Then all of a sudden this airliner arrives out of nowhere and flies right into me.  No indication, it didn’t try to avoid me and I’m pretty sure it was going way too fast.

“It didn’t even stop afterwards to swap insurance details. It’s pilots like that the give the rest of us sky users a bad reputation.”

Williams explained he’s sought compensation from British Airways, but they refused to accept the blame or name the pilot.

He went on, “They said that as a large organisation, their planes are used by lots of pilots, so they can’t be 100% sure who was flying at the time.

“They don’t seem to care that I’m going to lose my no claims discount. The bastards.”

However aviation consultant Jacob Matthews told us, “The only people who fly drones in public areas are voyeuristic nutjobs.

“Remember that weird kid at school who built his own remote control car and made the noises himself whilst he drove it? This is just him, but with better technology.”


You need to be a member of DIY Drones to add comments!

Join DIY Drones

© 2019   Created by Chris Anderson.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service