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    UK pilots call for more control over unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and for more responsibility of people, who used them in restricted areas, Steve Landells, who is flight safety specialist at the British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA), said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) On Thursday, a drone almost collided with a passenger plane taking off at the airport in the city of Liverpool. The number of similar incidents has significantly increased in recent months, according to the country's media.

    "All drone users, especially hobbyists, who often have little training or understanding of the rules of the air, need to be aware of the dangers of flying them in, or near to, restricted areas; these include airports and densely populated areas such as central London… Pilots are pressing for better education and compulsory registration, during which the rules are made quite clear, and more high profile prosecutions of offenders," Landells said, as quoted by the BALPA's press service on Thursday.

    He added that the trade union expressed a wish to see the UAVs equipped with technologies that could prevent the vehicles from entering the restricted areas.

    According to Landells, flying drones irresponsibly should result in a prosecution if it endangers other aircraft.

    On Monday, the BALPA welcomed an amendment to EU civil aviation safety regulations approved by the European Parliament on November 10, which aimed at introduction of requirements for the bloc, which would become common for the union.

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