United Airline Pilot Spots Drone Near Newark Airport - NBC New York

United Airline Pilot Spots Drone Near Newark Airport



    United Flight Close Call With a Drone

    Other planes reported seeing the drone at Newark airport. (Published Sunday, July 30, 2017)

    The crew of a United flight spotted a drone Sunday about 2 miles from Newark Airport, the FAA said. 

    The drone was reported just before noon.

    The crew of United Airlines Flight 135, a Boeing B767-400 coming from Switzerland, reported the drone Sunday morning. 

    "Upon descent into Newark, air traffic control alerted the flight deck aboard United flight 135 of a drone in the vicinity of the runway. Our crew monitored the drone and landed the aircraft safely," according to statement from United.

    A recording of the discussion with an air traffic control worker shows the cockpit crew reporting the drone:

    "See about a quarter mile to the left?"

    "That white [inaudible] sitting on top."

    "Yes, we do see it." 

     The FAA said it would investigate. The plane did land safely. 

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