- Pilot alerted flight handlers to a near miss as plane came to land in Liverpool
- He said there was a ‘white drone about DJI Phantom size’ at the same altitude
- The incident comes after it was revealed there were seven near misses between aircraft and drones last month, bringing the total over the past 12 months to 60
The pilot of the passenger plane, travelling from Lisbon, reported the encounter five miles from Liverpool.
Audio from the pilot and air traffic control has been uploaded to YouTube by plane enthusiast ‘Aviation Upclose’.
In the clip, the captain can be heard describing a drone as he came to land the Airbus A319.
The pilot of the passenger plane reported the encounter five miles from Liverpool
An Easyjet pilot was overheard telling flight handlers of a close near-miss with a drone flying within hundreds of yards of his Airbus A319 (stock image)
He said: ‘We just passed a drone, well it was close enough to see.
‘Small drone about two minutes ago. On our left, just to our left, a few hundred metres, there was a white drone about DJI Phantom size at the same altitude we were.’
A spokesman for the airport said: ‘A pilot reported seeing a drone a few hundred metres away whilst on approach to the airport.’
MailOnline has contacted Merseyside Police for a response.
AIRLINER IN NEAR MISS WITH A DRONE ABOVE A SCHOOL
An airliner was involved in a near miss with a drone just 500ft above a primary school, an official report revealed last week.
The DH8 turboprop aircraft was on its final approach into Birmingham Airport when the pilot spotted the device, the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) said.
He reported that the drone was hovering above a primary school at the same altitude as his plane as he was coming in to land on September 7 last year.
The aircraft continued on its flightpath to the airport as its separation with the drone was estimated to be around 500 metres.
West Midlands Police were informed of the incident but they were unable to locate the drone or its operator.
The incident comes after it was revealed there were seven near misses between aircraft and drones in last month’s UK Airprox Board report, bringing the total over the past 12 months to 60.
The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) wants the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to back research into the possible consequences of a drone hitting a passenger jet.
Former RAF and British Airways pilot Steve Landells has warned that a drone hitting an airliner could result in an uncontrolled engine failure or a smashed cockpit windscreen.
CAA rules state that drones must not be flown above 400ft or near airports or airfields.
It launched a new website to publish its revised code of conduct for drones, labelled the dronecode, in November.
Elsewhere, ministers are considering introducing mandatory registration for new drones in a bid to crack down on reckless users.
The proposal is part of a DfT consultation on improving drone safety.
It is hoped the scheme could help authorities identify the owners of drones which are flown illegally.
According to the National Air Traffic Service, more than two million drones are now in circulation in Britain.