This morning, August 18, 2016 there have been another two drone incidents reported to the tower of the Airport Munich. One pilot reported that the drone was as close as 30-50 metres from the left wing of the passenger aircraft, while another one reported a drone in about 150 metre distance from the plane, merkur.de reports. In the beginning of the month there has already been a drone incident reported near the airport in Munich an police had asked for help in identifying the drone pilot. The same goes for the two incidents today. The drones were sighted at a height of 1,000 metres.
According to the spokesman of German Flight Safety, Axel Raab, since the beginning of 2015, there have been over 30 incidents involving drones, bild.de reported. Those incidents weren’t always dangerous, but drones were sighted at heights at which they shouldn’t be flying. Another problem is that flight safety can’t see the drones on the radar, as they are too small. Raab is therefore calling for drones to be electronically marked to become visible on radar. A chip to make this possible is currently being developed.
Owners are only allowed to operate drones on heights and distances at which they can see them, but as in the example of the near collision in Munich, it is sometimes impossible to determine the holder.
If a drone collides with the motor of a plane, it could cause a fire, it would still be possible for the aircraft to land safely.