RAF plane comes within 200ft of collision with drone over Peak District

The incident, which occurred last November, has been detailed in a new report.
The incident, which occurred last November, has been detailed in a new report.
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An RAF Hercules plane had a near miss with a drone while flying at over 250mph above the Peak District, it has been revealed.

A new report has detailed the incident from November 29 last year, in which the pilot classed the risk of collision as very high. The aircraft was flying over Hathersage at an altitude of 500ft at the time of the incident.

The report states: "The C130 pilot reports he was southbound low-level from the Ladybower reservoir heading towards Chatsworth House, when they saw a black, 4 or 5 bladed drone, pass down the LHS (left-hand side) of the aircraft at the same height and approximately 200ft away."

It adds: "The crew identified the object in the forward left quadrant and initially assumed it was a bird, but it quickly became apparent that the object was stationary in the windshield, suggesting a collision course. The aircraft was manoeuvred right to change the vector at which point it became apparent that the object was a drone in the hover."

The drone was close enough to the aircraft for the crew to see the detail of it, including the individual blades.

The operator of the drone has not been traced, the report adds.