I’ve been reporting about near misses between drones and full size aircraft for a while now; I’ve also reported on the fact that, at least in the US, the number of near misses have been inaccurately reported. Now in Zurich, Switzerland, we have reports of another near collision. I’m happy to report this a near collision because there were 12 crew-members and 185 passengers on board.
A passenger plane and a drone almost collided earlier this month above the city of Zurich, Switzerland, a newly released report shows. The Swiss transportation safety watchdog said it has noted a surge in incidents of this sort and is seeking new measures to prevent such potential collisions.
The incident occurred early morning on May 6, according to a newly released report by Swiss Transportation Investigation Board (STSB).
A Swiss International Airlines Airbus A330-300, which was on a flight from Dar es Salaam to Zurich, nearly collided with a drone during its final approach to Zurich airport.
The plane, with 12 crew-members and 185 passengers on board avoided the collision and safely landed on the runway.
In April last year, an investigation was launched after it was reported that a British Airways plane had been struck by a drone. The investigation, however, was closed due to lack of evidence since the investigators were not able to determine whether it was a UAV or a plastic bag.
About Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board (STSB)
The Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board (STSB) is the State authority of the Swiss Confederation which has a mandate to investigate accidents and dangerous incidents involving trains, aircraft, inland navigation ships, and seagoing vessels. The aim of this activity is to determine not only the direct causes of such events but also the more deep-seated reasons and other risks associated with them. This sole objective of this form of investigation is to acquire insights by means of which future accidents and hazardous situations can be prevented and which result in improved safety. However, the results of such a safety investigation are not intended to clarify questions of blame and liability.