Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Pilot distracted by drone as he landed at Wheeler Downtown Airport (KMKC), Kansas City, Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A drone distracted the pilot of a small plane at the downtown airport Friday.

The pilot of a Beechcraft airplane was concerned last Friday when he spotted a drone as he was landing at Wheeler Airport in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

The pilot notified the tower, and the tower called the police helicopter.

The police helicopter saw the drone, but the drone eventually got away.

The pilot landed safely, but Chris St. Germain, Vice President of The Experimental Aircraft Assn., Chapter 91 in Lee's Summit, said the incident should never have happened in the first place.

"They're not supposed to be operating, I believe, within three or four miles of the airport unless they get specific permission," said St. Germain. 

The FAA is developing regulations for drones. You can find the latest about unmanned aircraft systems on www.faa.gov/uas . 

Source:  http://www.kshb.com

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