FAA investigating drone flying close to airplanes near JFK

2 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

FAA investigating flying drone at JFK airport, report says.

The Department of Homeland Security has warned police agencies of drones being used as weapons after two drone sightings at NYC airports on Friday, reports said.

The intelligence bulletin sent Friday fails to identity a specific security threat, but expressed caution at the increasing drone operation by recreation and commercial users. “While many of these encounters are not malicious in nature, they underscore potential security vulnerabilities … that could be used by adversaries to leverage (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) as part of an attack,” according to the federal memo obtained by CBS. — The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an incident which two airplanes saw a drone flying near them Friday as they attempted to land at JFK International Airport — one of which had a close call with the unmanned aircraft, NBC New York reported. At 2:24 p.m., JetBlue 1834, en route from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, reported seeing a drone as it approached the airport, but the pilot didn’t take any evasive action to avoid the drone, the news program reported. Traffic controllers warned the next round of incoming flights of the drone sighting and called in a police helicopter to track down the drone and its owner, the TV station added. Another drone sighting was reported Friday when crew members aboard a Jet Blue flight from Haiti said they saw one of the tiny aircraft at about 2:30 p.m., according to WCBS-TV.

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