French Airbus plane narrowly avoids collision with drone
Hillview, Kentucky resident William Merideth was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and wanton endangerment Sunday evening after shooting down an $1800 drone he claims was spying on his sunbathing teenage daughter. Reuters

PARIS: An Air France Airbus A320 jet narrowly avoided colliding with a drone while descending for an approach to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport last month, the French aviation investigation agency BEA said.

The aircraft had been operating a service from Barcelona on Feb. 19 and was flying at 5,500ft when the co-pilot saw the drone.

He immediately disengaged the autopilot and carried out an avoidance maneuver while informing the captain of the drone’s presence, BEA said on its website.

The drone passed just five meters below the aircraft’s left wing, the agency said, classifying the incident as “serious”.

An investigation is still ongoing.

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