The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has voiced concerns over the growing number of close encounters involving commercial aircraft and drones and called for tough penalties for those users of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) who recklessly endanger airliners. With drones again proving to be one of the most popular Christmas gifts in 2016, BALPA fears a continuing sharp rise in the number of potentially dangerous incidents. BALPA said 2016 saw 69 reported incidents of drone ...

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