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ONLY ON 8: Drone flies within feet of arriving aircraft at McCarran

LAS VEGAS - It's a video you must see to believe. 

A drone flies within feet of an airplane landing at McCarran International Airport and the footage was posted online.

The drone took off from Whitney Park and unclear when the incident happened.

"We became aware of this incident this afternoon and we are investigating," said Ian Gregor from the FAA.

In the video, the drone flies above Whitney Park for a few seconds. Then, an airplane flies towards it. When the drone turns around, the airplane is seen directly below it.

According to the FAA, a drone pilot who flies unsafely could face fines from of up to $1,437 per violation, while businesses that fly unsafely can face fines of up to $32,666 per violation. 

On top of that, people who fly drones unsafely can face federal criminal penalties including fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years.

Drone organizations have already condemned the incident.

"This pilot's actions not only endangered the flying public but has the potential to discredit an entire sUAS industry," Drone U said. "It is the opinion of Drone U and its members that the pilot receive swift and just punishment for this example of irresponsible and reckless flight. There is no excuse for this type of criminal behavior."
 


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