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Drone Nearly Hits Passenger Jet in Los Angeles

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Drones are prohibited from flying higher than 400 feet

A drone nearly hit a passenger jet preparing to land in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon.

The Los Angeles Times reported that a Lufthansa A380-800 jet was 14 miles away from LAX Airport and traveling at 5,000ft when the drone flew 200 feet above the aircraft. The pilot was readying the aircraft to land when the incident occurred.

Aviation experts fear that drones—which are prohibited from flying higher than 400 feet—could cause a plane to lose an engine if they are sucked in. Local police are now searching for the owner of the drone.

[LA Times]

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