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Aircraft comes perilously close to colliding with rogue drone

07 July 2020

The drone could have caused serious injury to those onboard the light aircraft.

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The incident took place at about 2.35pm on Tuesday (6 July 2020), when the aircraft passed over Murrayshall on its route back to Perth Airport.

The rogue drone, thought to be red or orange in colour, was described as being between 1ft and 2ft in width.
PC Scott Thomson told the BBC: "Thankfully, the aircraft was able to avoid a collision on this occasion, otherwise both people on board would have been in danger of serious injury.

"We support the safe and legal use of small unmanned aircraft. However, drone pilots are reminded they must operate within the law and guidelines set out by the Civil Aviation Authority and National Air Traffic Services."

He further stressed the importance of flying safely, stating, "It is the responsibility of each pilot to make themselves aware of the appropriate legislation and be aware of the importance of responsible flying, particularly around airports, restricted airspace and congested areas.

"If anyone has any questions about how and where to fly a drone safely, please check with the Civil Aviation Authority or Drone Safe website."

The police are now appealing for more information about the incident, in order to discover more about how circumstances that led to this near miss. Witnesses are being encouraged to call Police Scotland on 101, quoting case number 1878 of 30 June.

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