Video shows drone flying dangerously close to commercial jetliner


Incredible video from a drone shows the device passing dangerously close above a commercial jetliner.  The incident was a cause for concern for passengers and the FAA.

Drones are not allowed to fly above 400 feet unless hugging a taller building.  That rule is in place to avoid incidents like the one that just occurred in Las Vegas.

It happened near the area of the Whitney Ranch Recreational Center in Henderson.

The video was posted to a drone advocacy website as an example of what not to do as a UAV pilot.  8 News NOW showed the video to a half-dozen people who recently flew into Las Vegas, and they all said was disturbing.

“Looking at it from that, it looks pretty scary, and unsafe,” said Jeff Vyers, a visitor from Seattle.

“That’s pretty dangerous because it’s a lot of people on the airplane, and how many’s on the drone?” 

The FAA says they are aware of this, and a spokesman says the agency learned of this video Thursday and are looking into it.

Drone pilots who fly unsafely can face nearly $1,500 in fines from the FAA, along with up to $250,000 in fines and three years in prison as a federal criminal penalty. 

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