Aer Lingus confirm that drone came close to jet

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Aer Lingus have confirmed that a drone came very close to a plane which was flying into Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

A spokesman told “Aer Lingus can confirm that the cockpit crew of Flight EI 526 sighted a drone yesterday, 20th April, as they approached Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. The matter was reported to the relevant authorities.”

The incident occurred on Wednesday as the drone, which was flying at an altitude of more than 2,000m, flew past the plane's right wing.

The Aer Lingus pilot is reported to have seen the device pass by about 150m from the right wing of the Airbus A320 plane, according to RTE.

Following landing, the pilot reported the incident to air traffic police, which occurred while the aircraft flew at 2,300m.

At the time of the reported drone sighting, the plane was 50km from the Paris airport on its route from Dublin.

This is the second drone incident to occur in the last few days, after a British Airways flight was struck by what is believed to be a drone as it came in to land at Heathrow Airport on Sunday.

In France, it is illegal to fly shop-purchased micro-drones at altitudes above 150m though some devices can reach heights of several thousand metres.

Aer Lingus have been contacted for comment but are yet to respond.