A pilot for Alitalia on final approach to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) said he saw a drone aircraft in close proximity.
The pilot, who was at the controls of Alitalia Flight AZA 60, a Boeing 777, spotted what may have been a drone about four to five miles southeast of the airport at an altitude of 1,500 feet while on final approach to Runway 31 Right at about 1:15 p.m.
‘The pilot is heard telling air traffic controllers on radio calls recorded by the website LiveATC.net, “We saw a drone, a drone aircraft.”
While the exact nature of the aircraft seen near JFK is unclear, the possibility of increased domestic drone use has been in the news recently. The FAA has already granted several hundred permits to universities, police departments and other government agencies to use small, low-flying drones.
Privacy advocates worry that a proliferation of drones will lead to a “surveillance society” in which the movements of Americans are routinely monitored, tracked, recorded and scrutinized by authorities.’
The identity of the aircraft or its whereabouts has not been determined.