Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » Trending News

Drone over Brooklyn: Pilot Claims To Have Seen Unmanned Plane While On Approach At JFK Airport

Travelers Today       By    Antranig Dereyan

Updated: Mar 05, 2013 01:48 PM EST

Text Size: A A A

It is one thing to go after terrorist in the Middle East, but when unmanned drone planes start being seen hovering over New York City, something is up.

According to a report on CNN.com, the pilot of an Alitalia passenger jet reported spotting "a small, unmanned or remote-controlled aircraft" while on final approach to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. The object was flying over Brooklyn, four to five miles west of the airport, at an altitude of approximately 1,500 feet, according to the pilot.

This has caused the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to investigate the issue.

According a statement sent to CNN by FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown. "The sighting was approximately four to five miles west of the airport."

New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly recently said that he was interested in procuring drones for use in law enforcement, but the NYPD told CNN it had no knowledge of a drone flight on Monday. And when air traffic controllers radioed other pilots in the area and asked them to look out for the flying object, no one else spotted it.

Forbes.com says that the pilot "most likely spotted a recreational remote-controlled model aircraft, and mistook it for an unmanned drone. Many 'toy' planes are capable of reaching altitudes far in excess of 1,500 feet, and some of them are quite large. Some RC companies even sell models that look just like the Predator drones used by the U.S. military. FAA regulations limit model planes to a maximum flight altitude of 400 feet, but it's not hard to imagine an RC fan flaunting that limit."

It most be noted here that unauthorized flights near or around airports poses a threat--they could collide with a passenger aircraft. and that in 2012, the FAA established the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office to figure out how to certify and regulate drone traffic in U.S. airspace.

© 2016 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Travel Tips

carrying a baby

How Dads Can Enjoy Travelling With A Baby

Are you a dad of a toddler who is worried of travelling with the baby? Then check out 5 simple ways to handle your baby as you travel.

Climber at a Mountain Peak

5 Important Tips To Climb Mount Everest Safely

Climbing the Mount Everest is one exhilarating adventure. The preparation however is not an easy thing.

Steamboat Natchez

New Orleans Offers 7 Great Activities For Families: Find Out Here

There is no shortage of activities in the wonderful city of New Orleans.

Caribbean

Island Hopping In The Caribbean: How To Get The Best Tours

Island trips to the Carribbean should not be too hard even for those who were just doing it for the first time. In other words, even if travellers are scared of going on unfamiliar trips for the first time, they can still go on these trips, thanks to helpful resources such as guides and maps.

Phewa lake in 1982

7 Cheapest World Destinations For An Affordable and Relaxing Vacation

Every traveler wants to spend less while going to different places. With that, Price of Travel ranks world cities every year based on how affordable they are as a reference for budget travelers. With that, we have here the 7 cheapest travel destination for 2016 that will give you extra money to get a side trip to other places you dream of visiting!

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

Airport

TSA Security Head Fired Over Long Lines In The Airport?

Kelly Hoggan, the agency's assistant administrator for security operations, has been removed from his position, according to an internal memo by TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger obtained by NBC News.

Swimming pool

US: 1 in 8 Swimming Pools Closed for Health Violations, According To Health Violations

One in eight swimming pools in most populated states were allegedly been shut down due to inspection of filthy and suspected existing harmful water around, as announced by health authorities in the United States on Thursday.

Coplays

Top 5 Reasons Blizzard Entertainment's "Overwatch" Deserves The Hype

The latest Blizzard first-person shooting game is taking the gaming world by storm. It is not surprising.

travelers today

© 2016 IQADNET LLC All rights reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics