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    A drone was spotted by a passenger aboard an American Airlines flight just minutes from landing at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport.

    NEW YORK (Sputnik) — A drone was spotted by a passenger aboard an American Airlines flight just minutes from landing at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement.

    "The crew of American Airlines Flight 4125 reported that a passenger saw an unmanned aircraft as the Embraer E145 aircraft was approaching to land on Runway 22 at LaGuardia Airport," an FAA spokesperson said on Tuesday evening.

    The flight landed safely and an investigation into the incident is underway, the FAA added.

    The drone sighting occurred one day after the US Department of Transportation announced it is developing new requirements for private drone operators to register their aircrafts.

    The FAA recently reported pilot sightings of unmanned aircraft have increased over the past year from 238 in 2014 to more than 650 by August 9, 2015.


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