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Report reveals Airbus missed drone by just metres at Gatwick Airport

The crew claim that had autopilot been on then they could have collided with the drone.

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A report just released has revealed that an Airbus A320 narrowly avoided hitting a drone as it came in to land at Gatwick Airport back in the summer.

This is the second narrow miss reported by crew as they came in to land at Gatwick this year. In April another A320 crew reported having to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

This occasion the drone was much closer though.

The report by the UK Airprox Board says that the A320 pilot was in the late stages of a manual ILS approach into Gatwick.

Interestingly it also says that the crew had taken on extra fuel dure to reports of drone activtity in the London area and also by the controller.

As the plane descended past 350ft the captain called out “drone” which both crew saw being slightly left ahead of them.

The crew were able to keep visual contact with the drone as they flew past but the drone was only 100m away and at the same height as the plane.

The crew were unable to make an evasive manoevre due to the speed of the event and they later reported that if the plane had still been on autopilot then they believed there was a high probablity they would have struck the drone.

The first officer, a drone enthusiast, identified the drone as a DJI Inspire.

The incident happened on the 8th July and was classed as a category A which is the highest risk category given.

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Now you can fly to Cornwall from Gatwick Airport from just £35

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It’s almost a quarter of the price of taking the train, but now that Flybe has changed its Newquay route from Heathrow to Gatwick it means it is now so much easier to visit the area and possibly much cheaper.

Obviously prices fluctuate by the minute but when we looked to book a flight on a Saturday evening in July we were amazed to find a single ticket cost just £35.18!

Now this price only came with standard cabin baggage allowance which allowed for two bags which together could not total more than 10kg.

The flight only takes 1 hour and 15 minutes and is on a De Havilland DHC-8 400 series, which is a turboprop-powered airplane.

We compared the price to a train ticket departing on the same day. The cheapest ticket we could find was £119.30 but which in addition would take 6 hours and 17 minutes with a change at Reading as well.

All this only weeks after the airline received government help to avert a collapse. Currently they fly to Newquay from Heathrow but come March the route will instead be from Gatwick.

So maybe now is the time to get those Cornish holidays booked as this is likely to become a very popular route.

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