I saw a drone 15 miles to the right,” a Turkish Airlines pilot said to air traffic control as he was preparing to land at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport a few days ago. The sighting of the unmanned aerial vehicle, a device especially popular among amateur and professional photographers and videographers as well as enthusiasts, is nothing new for pilots. However, it indicates that the risk from drones for air traffic still lingers two years after the country imposed tighter regulations on the issue.
The pilot of the Zurich-Istanbul flight who reported the latest sighting noted that the drone was flying at an altitude of about 2,500 feet, a much higher altitude than most standard drones used by hobbyists are capable of. It is unclear who was operating the drone at the busy airport.
Source: Daily Sabah