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Lufthansa jet narrowly misses drone on LAX approach

There are currently few federal regulations governing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.
By Brooks Hays   |   March 18, 2016 at 7:54 PM

LOS ANGELES, March 18 (UPI) -- On Friday afternoon, a jet en route to Los Angeles International Airport narrowly avoided collision with a drone.

The Lufthansa Airbus A380 encountered the drone in the midst of its approach into LAX, some 14 miles east of the airport. Pilots reported the near miss just after 2 p.m. PST while flying at an elevation of 5,000 feet. The drone reportedly passed just 200 feet above the inbound jet.

FAA flight controllers immediately contacted the LAPD Air Support Division, according to ABC News.

As the Los Angeles Times reported, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department and police helicopters were dispatched to search for the drone's pilot. Los Angeles police Lt. Robert Binder told the Times the search was a long-shot.

Drone users can be fined for flying above 400 feet or within five miles of an airport, but there are currently few federal regulations governing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

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