Airline Crew Spots Drone On Approach To Airport

Jul 31, 2017

On Saturday an American Airlines flight crew spotted a drone flying in their airspace as they approached Albany County Airport.

The crew reported seeing a drone flying at the same altitude as the jet about two miles south of the runway over the Town of Colonie. The airport control tower notified the Albany County Sheriff's Department, but a search of the area near the Marriott Hotel on Wolf Road did not locate the drone or its operator.

Drones are not permitted to fly within five miles of an airport without prior approval from the FAA.