- Plane came within 80ft of colliding with drone as it went to land at Southend
- Pilot of 74-seater airliner said quadcopter was ‘very close’ to right wing-tip
- Co-pilot told investigation drone was deliberately flown at aircraft at 1,500ft
- UK Airprox Board incident report concluded there was ‘high risk of collision’
An airliner came within just 80ft of colliding with a quadcopter drone after it was ‘deliberately flown’ at the passenger plane as it flew over Essex, an official report reveals.
The 74-seater aeroplane was travelling over Southend when the pilot spotted the remote-controlled quadcopter ‘very close’ to the right wing-tip.
An investigation launched into the incident recorded the risk of collision as ‘high’, in what is believed to be the first ever near-miss between a passenger plane and a drone in the UK.