According to the news, a police investigation is under way after a British Airways passenger plane, with 132 passengers and five crew on board, approaching Heathrow Airport was hit by what is believed to have been a drone. The incident occurred on 17 April 2016 at 12:50 BST.
As reported by a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesman, it was “totally unacceptable” to fly drones – which are generally used to capture aerial film or photographs – close to airports.
Steve Landells, from the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa), emphasised that it had been “only a matter of time before we had a drone strike”. Therefore, he called for greater enforcement of existing rules.