FAA, Charlotte police probe drone near commercial airliner

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating an incident in which the crew of an approaching US Airways flight reported seeing a drone flying too close.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1GcDGEB) American Airlines spokeswoman Katie Cody said the crew reported the sighting to the FAA, which informed local police. Both agencies are investigating the incident.

The FAA restricts unmanned aircraft from flying within five miles of airports and to a height of less than 400 feet.

The FAA said the airliner’s pilot reported spotting the drone Wednesday at 2,100 feet above ground and a few miles northeast of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Emily Speicher drone flight school company DartDrones says most drone operators aren’t aware of the federal government’s guidelines.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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