KLM E190, F70 and Easyjet A319 at Amsterdam on Apr 1st 2016, flock of drones

Last Update: April 14, 2016 / 13:25:49 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 1, 2016

Classification
Incident

Airline
KLM

Flight number
KL-1904

Aircraft Registration
PH-EZE

Aircraft Type
Embraer ERJ-190

ICAO Type Designator
E190

A KLM Embraer ERJ-190, registration PH-EZE performing flight KL-1904 from Hanover (Germany) to Amsterdam (Netherlands), was on final approach to runway 18C when the crew reported a drone to their right at about 1000 feet just passing about 100 feet underneath their aircraft. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on runway 18C.

A KLM Cityhopper Fokker 70, registration PH-KZM performing flight KL-1986 from Basel/Mulhouse (Switzerland/France) to Amsterdam (Netherlands), was on final approach to runway 18C when after tower advised of the previous aircraft reporting a drone at about 1000 feet the crew reported drone in sight, the drone was now on their left hand side at about 900 feet. The Fokker 70 continued for a safe landing on runway 18C.

Tower runway 18R checked the area with his binoculars but couldn't spot any drone.

An Easyjet Airbus A319-100, registration G-EZEV performing flight U2-7926 from Nice (France) to Amsterdam (Netherlands), next on approach to runway 18C, was advised of the previous two arrivals sighting a drone to which the crew reported they were seeing three drones about 2.5nm out causing a perplexed reaction by the controller "You are seeing THREE drones?" The aircraft continued for a safe landing on runway 18C.

The next arrival for runway 18C, being advised of the three previous flights sighting drones, reported they could not see any drones joking this might be because of their bad eyes.

No further drone reports were submitted by pilots.

As we currently have April 1st 2016, the Aviation Herald certifies that this is not an April fool's story.

On Apr 14th 2016 Dutch police announced, that two men, aged 36 and 44, have been identified to have flown their drones into the approach path of Schiphol Airport's runway 18C on April 1st 2016, following a tip off by park rangers who saw the drones operating in the area on Apr 1st 2016 and saw the men operating their drones, obviously monitoring the drones through on board video cameras and glasses. Police annotated that this type of operation is strictly prohibited as the operator is not capable to monitor and see the drone, apart from the fact that the drones were operated within a prohibited zone. A written report has been filed by police for further legal proceedings.
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
PH-EZE
Country of Registration
Netherlands
Date of Registration
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Airworthyness Category
Legal Basis
Manufacturer
EMBRAER S/A - Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica
Aircraft Model / Type
ERJ 190-100 STD
ICAO Aircraft Type
E190
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Maximum Take off Mass (MTOM) [kg]
Engine Count
Engine
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Engine Type
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 1, 2016

Classification
Incident

Airline
KLM

Flight number
KL-1904

Aircraft Registration
PH-EZE

Aircraft Type
Embraer ERJ-190

ICAO Type Designator
E190

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