French Airbus plane narrowly avoids collision with drone

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 04, 2016 1:41 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - An Air France Airbus A320 jet narrowly avoided colliding with a drone while descending for an approach to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport last month, the French aviation investigation agency BEA said.

The aircraft had been operating a service from Barcelona on Feb. 19 and was flying at 5,500ft when the co-pilot saw the drone.

He immediately disengaged the autopilot and carried out an avoidance maneuver while informing the captain of the drone's presence, BEA said on its website.

The drone passed just five meters below the aircraft's left wing, the agency said, classifying the incident as "serious".

An investigation is still ongoing.

(Reporting by Tangi Salaun; writing by Michel Rose; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)