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Portugal starts study on crashes with drone aircraft

Lisbon, Portugal - Too many collisions close to its airports

The GPIAAF (Portuguese rail and air crashes inquiries and prevention office) started a safety study due to the many recent crashes linked with the presence of drone aircraft in the path of the airplanes in the Portuguese airports. The study is finalized to plan events of this type, to analyze the efficiency of the national regulation in terms of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) at remote control, and to compare it with the procedures put in place by other Countries with the prevention of such facts, and then to develop a report and suitable recommendations on behalf of the competent authorities. Last week two crashes have involved drones, and four in the last two weeks; eight from the beginning of the year. And only last June 16 an airplane of the commercial airline with 14 people on board in the phase of the approach at the Cascais airport, has been forced to make a sudden safety manoeuvre to avoid the collision with a Uav that flew at 300 m of height.

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