A possibe collision between a small aircraft and a drone in Australia leads to new calls to strengthen anti-drone legislation, despite the fact that laws already existed which should have prevented this collision from happening in the first place.
A pilot who believes his light aircraft was struck by a drone ahead of landing in Adelaide’s north has prompted an investigation by Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) officers.
Police said they were contacted just after 7:00pm on Tuesday by a pilot who believed he may have struck a drone on approach to Parafield Airport.
The ATSB said they would review the area during daylight on Wednesday to try to find remnants of a drone before confirming it was an unmanned aerial vehicle and not a bird.
Civil Aviation Safety Authority rules prohibit the flying of drones above 120 metres and within 5.5 kilometres of a controlled aerodrome with an operating control tower.
Drones are not allowed to be flown at night.
Fines range from $900 up to $9,000 for breaching operating conditions.
A pilot who believes his light aircraft was struck by a drone ahead of landing in Adelaide’s north prompts an investigation by ATSB officers.