Virgin Atlantic jet in ‘closest ever’ near-miss with drone on approach to Heathrow

Ten feet was all that separated a Virgin Atlantic jet from colliding with a high-flying drone in what is thought to have been the closest ever near-miss between one of the gadgets and a commercial airliner, a new report has revealed.

The Heathrow-bound B787-9 Dreamliner plane – which would have been carrying as many as 264 passengers – was performing its descent above Clapham Common when the drone was seen passing just below its right wing.

According to the UK Airprox Board, which investigates near-misses and files monthly reports on them, it avoided impact with the engine by an estimated 10ft (3m).

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Source: Sky News