Recent reports of an unidentified flying object striking a British Airways flight at London’s Heathrow Airport spurred a wave of fear over drones interfering with commercial aircraft.
But now it appears the object may have only been a floating plastic bag, according to British transport minister Robert Goodwill. The Telegraph reports that Goodwill could not confirm the identity of the object that struck the British Airways Airbus A320 as it prepared to land last Sunday. The incident happened at an altitude of about 1,700 feet over southwest London, well above the regulatory ceiling for drone operations of 400 feet.
BREAKING Pilot on flight landing at Heathrow from Geneva reported to London police that a drone hit the plane https://t.co/9vFGyCrDKY
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