SAN FRANCISCO (by Alan Spector/FLA. NEWS NETWORK) -- News of a near collision between a jetliner and a drone over Florida is coming out more than six weeks after the fact.
The incident was acknowledged Thursday at a drone conference in San Francisco.
Jim Williams of the Federal Aviation Administration's unmanned aircraft office says it happened March 22nd over Tallahassee. The pilot of an American Airlines Group jet en route from Charlotte, North Carolina, was approaching the runway at the Tallahassee airport when he reported a drone five miles northeast of the airport, flying at an altitude of 2,300 feet.
Williams said it's an example of the risks posed by drones.
In a statement issued on Friday, the FAA said it has investigated the near collision, but would not identify the pilot or the operator of the drone.
American Airlines said it is conducting its own investigation.