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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 196303
Last updated: 25 July 2017
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Date:22-APR-2017
Time:17:33 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic A319 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A319-111
Owner/operator:easyJet
Registration: G-EZEZ
C/n / msn: 2360
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: None
Location:5nm N Liverpool Airport -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Belfast International Airport (BFS/EGAA)
Destination airport:Liverpool International Airport (LPL/EGGP)
Narrative:
EasyJet flight U2610 was 5nm N of the Liverpool Airport on a downwind approach to runway 27. The first officer (FO) noticed something flying towards the aircraft. It was initially presumed to be a bird. However, as it got closer the FO realised it was a blue drone with flashing lights. It passed at the same level within a metre of the wing-tip. Had the aircraft been in manual control the FO would have taken avoiding action, the only reason there was not a collision was down to luck.

Cause: The drone was being flown beyond practical visual line of sight (VLOS) limits and was endangering other aircraft at that location and altitude. The Board agreed that the incident was therefore best described as the drone was flown into conflict with the A319.
Risk: The Board considered that the pilotís estimate of separation, allied to his overall account of the incident and his inability to avoid the object portrayed a situation where providence had played a major part in the incident and/or a definite risk of collision had existed.

Sources:

UKAB
ASN Drone Database


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Jun-2017 09:45 harro Added
24-Jun-2017 10:04 harro Updated [Source]

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