Passenger plane came close to drone collision over Scottish Borders

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More than a dozen similar incidents were considered by the UK Airprox Board last month

A drone came within 100ft (30m) of a passenger plane flying above the Scottish Borders this summer.

A report to the UK Airprox Board said the risk of collision over the village of Dewar on 12 August was “very high”.

The Airbus A320 was flying at a height of 7,000ft (2,100m) when the incident occurred – even though drones are not allowed to fly above 400ft (120m).

The board said the drone was also in controlled airspace and was “endangering other aircraft”.

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It was one of more than a dozen drone, balloon, model or unknown object incidents put before UKAB last month.

Earlier this year a drone was spotted by plane crews landing at Edinburgh Airport.

In the latest incident the pilot reported seeing a black drone – possibly with blue markings – flying directly ahead and above the aircraft.

The UKAB concluded “providence had played a major part in the incident and/or a definite risk of collision had existed”.