Light aircraft in near miss with drone close to airport

Police Scotland said those on board could have been put at risk of serious injury.

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A drone came close to putting those on board a light aircraft in “danger of serious injury” after a near miss outside Perth.

The incident happened at around 2.35pm last Tuesday over Murrayshall.

The aircraft almost collided with the drone, which was described as being between 1ft to 2ft in width and red or orange in colour.

The aircraft was able to safely land at Perth Airport a short time later.

Police are now trying to trace the drone’s pilot to establish the full circumstances that led to it operating within the restricted air space around the airport.

Constable Scott Thomson said: “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 added: “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.”

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