Barcelona - Paris flight narrowly misses drone

Officials says Air France Airbus A320 was flying at 5,500 feet as it neared Charles de Gaulle airport when co-pilot noticed drone approaching.

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An Air France Airbus A320 narrowly avoided colliding with a drone as it was about to land in Paris on a flight from Barcelona, France's aviation investigation agency (BEA) said, reports RFI.

It said the aircraft was flying at 5,500 feet (about 1,600 metres) as it neared Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport on February 19 when the co-pilot noticed a drone approaching on the left side.

The co-pilot disconnected the automatic pilot and carried out an avoidance manoeuvre while informing the pilot of the presence of the drone.

The pilot estimated that the drone passed about five metres under the left wing of the plane, the BEA said in a report Thursday.

The crew immediately informed ground control and resumed their approach without further incident.

Read more of this report from RFI.

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