US President Donald Trump’s plane nearly collided with what appeared to be a small drone as it approached an airport near Washington on Sunday night, according to several people on board Air Force One.
The American “Bloomberg” agency quoted sources as saying that the device, colored yellow and black, resembling a cross, appeared on the right side of the Air Force One and was seen by many of its passengers, and that was shortly before its landing.
The agency reported that the Secret Service did not respond to a request to confirm the reports.
While it is difficult for aviation safety investigators to verify such transient events, it appears to be one of thousands of such safety incidents involving unmanned vehicles in the United States that have led to calls by law enforcement and homeland security agencies for greater measures to curb. Restrain use.
Most civilian drones weigh a few pounds and may not shoot down a jet plane, but government research indicates that the damage may be greater than the damage done by a similar-sized bird, which can smash a cockpit windshield or damage the engine.
Under current federal regulations, drones are restricted to flying within sight of the operator and not exceeding 400 feet (122 meters) above the ground without any exceptions, knowing that the most common models of these aircraft are equipped with programs specifically designed to prevent long-range flights.
Source: “Bloomberg” Agency of America