COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating a close call between a drone and a passenger jet that took place on October 26, 2016 just south of the Colorado Springs airport, according to a report from KRDO News Channel 13 ABC.
The pilot of an MD-80 jet reported an unidentified unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) flying at approximately 8,000 feet about 3/4 of a mile south of the airport runway. Air traffic control alerted the local sheriff's office which dispatched deputies, who were unable to locate the drone or it's operator. Both American Airlines and Allegiant Airlines service Colorado Springs with MD-80 aircraft according to an airport spokesman. The FAA did not specify which airlines reported the incident. Based on the report, both the altitude and proximity of the drone to the airport are a clear violation of FAA regulations. The pilot-in-command of the UAV could be subject to federal fines or prosecution.