ANZ A320 near Christchurch on Sep 25th 2015, near collision with drone

Last Update: September 26, 2015 / 20:18:47 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 25, 2015

Classification
Incident

Flight number
NZ-542

Aircraft Registration
ZK-OXB

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

An Air New Zealand Airbus A320-200, registration ZK-OXB performing flight NZ-542 from Christchurch to Auckland (New Zealand) with 166 people on board, was climbing through 6000 feet out of Christchurch, about 10nm northeast of Christchurch between the villages of Kaiapoi, Woodend and Rangiora, when the crew spotted a red drone at their altitude passing close by. The A320 continued the climb and flight for a safe landing in Auckland.

New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority have opened an investigation into the occurrence rated a near collision reiterating, that drones are not permitted to fly above 400 feet AGL, the operator must remain in visual contact with the drone at all times, operation is permitted only during daylight and operating inside controlled airspace without air traffic control clearance is strictly prohibited.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 25, 2015

Classification
Incident

Flight number
NZ-542

Aircraft Registration
ZK-OXB

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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