Europe urgently looks at drone safety threat

Commission tells aviation safety agency to develop common rules
Using computers to stop drones flying into sensitive areas, no-drone zones and registration rules are among proposals being considered by European regulators and aviation experts to improve security amid growing numbers of drones in the skies.
Civil drones are used mostly for commercial purposes, such as crop surveillance, photography, monitoring of natural disasters or just for fun. Micro-versions of recreational drones can cost as little as €22.
Their popularity has led to increasing reports of near-misses with commercial aircraft, for example when a Lufthansa plane approached Warsaw airport last month. Seven such incidents have taken place in the UK within the space of a year.
The European Commission says “drone accidents will happen” and has told its aviation safety agency to develop common rules for operating drones in Europe.


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