Lufthansa E195 at Warsaw on Jul 20th 2015, near collision with drone
Last Update: November 2, 2015 / 14:30:39 GMT/Zulu time
ATC switched runways in response.
Police immediately responded and dispatched a helicopter as well as ground forces to search for the operator of the drone, but was unsuccessful at first in locating the drone or its operator. Continued investigation was able to identify the operator however, a 39 year old resident of Piaseczno, located underneath the approach path runway 33 spanning from about 3 to 6.5nm from the threshold runway 33. The 39 year old is being questioned by police, admitted to have flown his drone in the area on Jul 20th and faces charges of endangering aviation safety that could imprison him for up to 8 years.
On Nov 2nd 2015 Germany's BFU reported in their July bulletin that the distance of the quadcopter drone to the aircraft was estimated at 20 to 40 meters (65-130 feet).
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