The latest incident unfolded Sunday night, when the pilot of a Shuttle America flight from Richmond, Virginia, reported a drone flying on the left side of his aircraft while it was approaching the runway, CBS reported. It comes after pilots of two other flights — one operated by JetBlue out of Haiti and a Delta flight from Orlando — both reported seeing a UAV on Friday as they prepared to land at JFK.
Pilots of Delta 407 from MCO report a close encounter with a drone while landing at JFK moments ago. Flight landed safely.— Kris Van Cleave (@krisvancleave) July 31, 2015
The US Department of Homeland Security last week distributed a bulletin to police agencies across the country, warning of the potential use of drones for terror attacks, CBS revealed.
Meanwhile, legislation has been proposed to require that drones be equipped with Geo-fencing technology, software that prohibits UAVs to enter no-fly zones.
“The FAA has to act and toughen up the rules before a tragedy occurs because if a drone were sucked into a jet engine of a plane filled with passengers untold tragedy could result and we do not, do not, do not want that to happen,” US Senator Charles Schumer, who supports the use of Geo-fencing, told CBS.
“It really annoys all of us. It can be a danger because the drones we fly are fairly large,” Rob Feiner from Ultimate Aerials photographic services told CBS. “If we find them we’ll turn them in and will make sure that the FAA deals with them,” he added.