The Flight #608 pilot said he saw the 3-foot-wide drone, with four propellers, at about 1,750 feet Monday, three miles before touching down.
Whether it was a hobbyist breaking the Federal Aviation Administrationâ€™s 400-foot-altitude rule or a real spy vessel from the Evil Empire is unknown. Either way, thereâ€™s a UFO out there and it came within 200 feet of the plane, the FBI said.
â€śThe FBI is asking anyone with information about the unmanned aircraft or the operator to contact us,â€ť said John Giacalone, the special agent in charge of the bureauâ€™s New York field office. â€śOur paramount concern is the safety of aircraft passengers and crew.â€ť
A Government Accountability Office report warned Congress last year that its push for drones to become commonplace in U.S. airspace fails to take into account privacy, security and even GPS jamming and spoofing. The GAO, Congressâ€™ research arm, was responding to the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, signed by President Barack Obama in February, which among other things requires the Federal Aviation Administration to accelerate drone flights in U.S. airspace.