Aircraft Has Near Miss With A Drone Near Albury Airport

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14 October 2018

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 A plane was approaching the runway of the Albury Airport when the pilot spotted the drone.

Police appeal after drone incident – Albury

Police appeal for public assistance after commercial aircraft has near miss with drone at Albury today.

Police have been told, just after 3.45pm (Sunday 14 Sunday 2018), a commercial aircraft was approaching Albury airport when the pilot observed a grey and white, three bladed drone about 100ft below.

The Albury airport control tower was notified and other aircraft alerted of the drone in restricted airspace.

The aircraft landed safely and CASA were also notified of the incident.

Officers from Murray River Police District attended and conducted patrols; however, the operator could not be located.

As inquiries continue, police are appealing for anyone who may have been flying a drone in the Mungabareena Reserve Area, or anyone with information and contact police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Drone operators are reminded of the restrictions when operating near aerodromes.

- You must not fly your drone higher than 120 metres (400 ft) above the ground.

- You must keep your drone at least 5.5km away from controlled aerodromes (usually those with a control tower).

For further information:

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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