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Wed Mar 6, 2013, 06:39 PM

Mystery drone near JFK airport: FBI seeks public's help in investigation

Mystery drone near JFK airport: FBI seeks public's help in investigation (+video)
A commercial pilot reported seeing a drone loitering near his aircraft as he was preparing to land on Monday. The FAA has tried to go to great lengths to make sure drones do not collide with piloted aircraft.

By Anna Mulrine, Staff writer / March 5, 2013

WASHINGTON
The news that a commercial pilot has reported seeing a drone loitering near his aircraft as he was preparing to land at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday raises some intriguing questions as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are poised to become increasingly common in America’s skies.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has confirmed that it has launched an investigation of the incident, in which the Alitalia pilot reported that “he saw a small, unmanned or remote-controlled aircraft while on final approach to Runway 31 Right at John F. Kennedy International Airport at about 1:15 pm,” according to an agency statement.

“The pilot did not take evasive action. The flight landed safely,” the FAA said.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2013/0305/Mystery-drone-near-JFK-airport-FBI-seeks-public-s-help-in-investigation-video

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Response to onpatrol98 (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 06:46 PM

1. File this under "Could it be?": Could it be a perfectly legal radio controlled model airplane?

Some of those things can be very large. And its got a camera in it or maybe some sort of firearm, well, why not?

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Wed Mar 6, 2013, 07:03 PM

2. Even if it is a drone...there are companies now that use drones

Companies in the U.S. are using drones. Realtors, Paparazzi...etc. But, you're right...maybe it could be a remote controlled model plane.

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Wed Mar 6, 2013, 07:45 PM

3. Drones will be a big story the next few years. Should be interesting. n-t

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