ALERT FAA is investigating a close call between a drone and Delta MD-88 departing Memphis

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a close call between a commercial jet and a drone.

It happened around 7:50 p.m. August 7 a mile south of Memphis International Airport. The pilot of a Delta MD-88 reported a “near miss” while departing Memphis International.

While no emergency was declared, the incident underscores the concern over when and where drones can safely fly.

According to MIA spokesperson Glen Thomas, the pilot of Delta flight DL2067 radioed the drone was flying at approximately 1,700 feet, one mile south of the airport.

The FAA would not provide further details about the “near miss” incident but stated, nationally, the agency receives more than 100 unmanned aircraft sightings a month.

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