Police appeal after light aircraft has near miss with drone outside Perth

Aircraft comes close to colliding with drone over Murrayshall

Police Scotland are appealing for information after a drone came close to putting those on board a light aircraft in “danger of serious injury” after a near miss outside Perth.

The incident happened at about 2.35pm on Tuesday (July 6) over Murrayshall.

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The aircraft come close to colliding with a drone, described as being between 1ft to 2ft in width and red or orange in colour.

Police Scotland are appealing for information after a light aircraft had a near miss with a drone outside Perth.

The aircraft was able to safely land at Perth Airport a short time later.

Police Scotland are now trying to trace the drone's pilot and establish the full circumstances that led to it operating within the restricted air space around the airport.

Constable Scott Thomson, from Perth Police Station, said: “Thankfully, the aircraft was able to avoid a collision on this occasion, otherwise both people on board would have been in danger of serious injury.

“We support the safe and legal use of small unmanned aircraft.

“However, drone pilots are reminded they must operate within the law and guidelines set out by the Civil Aviation Authority and National Air Traffic Services.”

He added: “It is the responsibility of each pilot to make themselves aware of the appropriate legislation and be aware of the importance of responsible flying, particularly around airports, restricted airspace and congested areas.

“If anyone has any questions about how and where to fly a drone safely, please check with the Civil Aviation Authority or Drone Safe website.”

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