A plane taking off from Glasgow Aiport came close to hitting a drone flying towards it.
The pilot noticed a small flying object moving towards his plane as he gained altitude, with no time to try and avoid it.
An inquiry report into the incident said there was a ‘high’ risk of collision between the Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft, which are used commercially, and the drone as it took off on September 8.
The Airprox board report said the plane and the drone were 30 metres apart vertically and 15 metres horizontally.
It said as the pilot took off, he ‘noticed a small black object moving towards the aircraft’.
The report added: ‘As it got closer he could see it was a drone; it was black and had an object or device attached below.
‘In the space of about three seconds they had narrowly missed it, there was no time to take avoiding action.’
‘The drone was being flown in the vicinity of an airfield departure lane such that it was endangering other aircraft at that location and altitude.’
The near-miss is similar to an incident at Edinburgh Airport in May when a pilot was forced to take evasive action after a drone came within 20 metres of his aircraft.
To give some perspective, the maximum length of a lorry normally allowed on UK roads is 16.5 metres.
In November it was announced that drone users will be required to register and sit safety awareness tests as part of a Government clampdown on rogue operators.
Police will be given greater powers to prevent unsafe or criminal use of the machines while new technology could be used to create no-fly zones for drones.
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