Lehigh Valley drone incidents

Lehigh Valley drone incidents


Scott Kraus

The Federal Aviation Administration received at least five reports of drones operating near or originating from Lehigh Valley International and Queen City airports in 2015, posing a potential hazard to air traffic:

May 7: A woman called Queen City Airport at 11 p.m. to report someone flying a drone less than half a mile from runway 25. The drone, which had four rotors and flashing blue and red lights, was flying in large circles at a “high altitude” near the departure end of the runway. The FAA reported no impact to air traffic.

May 15: A woman made a second report of the drone flying near the end of the Queen City Airport runway at 12:30 a.m. Allentown Police were notified.

June 15: Pilot of Piper aircraft on approach to Lehigh Valley International Airport one mile south of Allentown at about 1,500 feet detected a drone flying about 400 feet below his plane about 11:55 p.m. and reported it to air traffic controllers. No evasive action was required, but state police were notified.

July 24: Lehigh Valley International Airport communication center reported a small, low-flying drone with multicolored lights flying above South Mountain, five miles south of Lehigh Valley International Airport, at 1:58 a.m.

Aug. 9: Pilot of Chicago-bound Express Jet flight from Lehigh Valley International Airport reported drone flying at roughly 10,500 feet, 500 feet below the airliner, about 50 miles out from O’Hare International Airport.

Source: Federal Aviation Administration