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UK Drone Warning Issued

A warning has been issued to all those in the UK using drones after a near miss between a passenger jet and a drone occurred.

The Civil Aviation Authority said an airbus A320's wing passed 20ft below a drone hovering at Heathrow. It said drone pilots would face prosecution if they put the safety of other aircraft at risk.

The Authority said it had recorded six other incidents between May 2014 and March 2015 at airports around the UK where a drone and piloted aircraft almost collided.

Tim Johnson director of policy at the CAA said in a statement: "Drone users must understand that when taking to the skies they are entering one of the busiest areas of airspace in the world."

He said drone users must be aware of the rules and regulations of flying the aircrafts and that recklessly flying an aircraft is a criminal offence. Those convicted could face a 5 year jail sentence.

The "dronecode" said recreational drone users should always keep their craft within the line of sight, which is about 500m, and must not fly higher than 122m. The code also states that drones using cameras must stay at least 50m away from people as well as vehicles and structures, and must not approach a large group of people closer than 150m.

Stephen Landells from the British Airline Pilots Association said: "Drone operators need to put safety at the forefront of their minds when flying though, and ensure there is no conflict with commercial manned traffic."

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