The Federal Aviation Association (FAA) is investigating an incident where a drone apparently flew over a Frontier Airlines Airbus which was landing at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
A video of the incident quickly went viral last week, which prompted the FAA to look into its authenticity. Ian Gregor, a spokesperson from the Federal Aviation Administration stated:
“We became aware of this incident this afternoon and we are investigating.”
Footage from the drone’s video shows it taking off and flying over Whitney Ranch Recreational Center in Henderson, which is about seven miles east of McCarran International Airport, then loops above the airplane which is approaching the end of Runway 26R.
Although the video has not yet been proven as genuine, many drone users and organizations have condemned the operator as reckless, as well as pointing out the illegality of their actions.
According to FAA regulations (FAR Part 107) the operating of a drone in such a way to interfere with traffic patterns of any airports, heliports or seaplane bases is prohibited. Violation of the rules can incur fines of up to $250,000, federal criminal charges and even imprisonment for up to three years.