Drone reportedly spotted flying about 500 feet below the wing of a plane landing at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport

By Amar Toor

A civilian drone crossed paths with an airplane as it was descending into Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport on Wednesday, according to French media reports. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the AFP news agency reports that the pilot of the plane noticed a drone about 150 meters (492 feet) under the right wing of the aircraft, which was at an altitude of about 2,300 meters (7,800 feet). French law prohibits civilian drones from flying above an altitude of 150 meters, and bans them from operating near airports. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) defines a near mid-air collision as any incident in which two aircraft are within 500 vertical feet of one another.

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