France A320 at Paris on Feb 19th 2016, near collision with drone

Last Update: March 2, 2016 / 15:53:37 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 19, 2016

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air France

Flight number
AF-1149

Aircraft Registration
F-GKXT

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

An Air France Airbus A319-100, registration F-GKXT performing flight AF-1149 from Barcelona,SP (Spain) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (France), was on approach to CDG's runway 26L descending through 5500 feet while on downwind about 17nm eastsoutheast of CDG Airport, when the first officer spotted a drone at their 11 o'clock position, disconnected the autopilot and initiates an evasive maneouver calling out the drone to the captain. The captain sighted the drone, too, and estimated the drone passed about 5 meters/15 feet underneath their left hand wing. The crew continued the approach, reconnected the autopilot and performed a safe landing on runway 26L.

On Mar 2nd 2016 The French BEA reported, the occurrence was rated a serious incident and is being investigated by the BEA. The crew immediately advised ATC of the presence of the drone, the aircraft was descending at a vertical rate of 1000 fpm and 220 KIAS at that time.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 19, 2016

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air France

Flight number
AF-1149

Aircraft Registration
F-GKXT

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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