Pilots On ‘High Alert’ Following Third Drone Sighting In As Many Days At NYC’s JFK Airport


jfk airportA pilot reported a drone sighting near John F. Kennedy International Airport Sunday night, making it the third incident in the past three days. It’s a trend that has both pilots and passengers on high alert.

The pilot of a Shuttle America flight from Richmond, Virginia spotted the drone on the left side of his plane as it approached the runway around 6 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

On Friday afternoon, the FAA said Delta and JetBlue pilots each reported sighting a drone.

The FAA said the first incident happened just before 2:30 p.m. when Jet Blue Flight 18234, inbound from Haiti, reported seeing the drone.

Then, just before 5 p.m., Delta Flight 407 from Orlando had a close encounter as heard in a live ATC.net recording: “Yeah, about a mile back there was a drone flying just under the southwest side of the airport here. It’s about a hundred feet below us.”

The pilots in both incidents did not take any evasive actions and both planes landed safely.

The FAA and the Port Authority police are investigating the incidents.

Sen. Charles Schumer said the FAA must act immediately before a drone hits a plane and leads to tragedy.

“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,” Schumer said.

Read more at CBS NEW YORK.