A pilot spotted a mysterious flying object near JFK Airport on Monday and radioed what he saw into the tower. “Kennedy Tower…Just for your information we just saw a little drone below us,” said the pilot to the tower. This sighting has prompted an investigation today, reports Fox News live on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
According to NECN on Tuesday, once the tower got the pilot's message, the controller replies, “I’m sorry, what did you say.” The pilot repeated, “ we saw a drone, a drone aircraft.” It was at this time that the tower told the pilot to “use caution.” The tower also shared that “there was report of a drone on about a five mile funnel.”
According to the FAA, this international flight was in its final approach for a landing at JFK Airport in New York when the pilot described a “small, unmanned remote controlled aircraft near the airport.” The object that looked like a drone was flying at about 1500 feet and at one point was just a couple of hundred feet away from the plane, which is dangerously close.
The drone was in the area of Atlantic Beach at about 1p.m., but the pilot didn’t need to take evasive actions and landed as planned and safely. Another pilot also spotting this drone, according to the Fox News live.
Drones are small, but heavy enough to cause damage to an aircraft in flight, reports aviation expert, Dan Rose. The government, and even the public use these drones. This has caused the FAA to prepare a plan to regulate the widespread commercial use of this technology. The plan is scheduled to be in place in by 2015.