2 More Drone Incidents Reported in North Texas

FAA concerned about unmanned devices flying close to passenger aircraft

Two separate drone incidents were reported Wednesday near the two major North Texas airports less than two hours apart, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

At about noon, police reported an unmanned aircraft flying approximately 1 1/2 miles from a runway at Dallas Love Field. The unmanned aircraft could also be seen by the Love Field tower, said FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford.

Air traffic controllers temporarily moved arriving airplanes to another runway, Lunsford said.

Police could not find the drone operator.

About 1:30 p.m., a passenger on an American Airlines flight notified the pilot that a drone was operating over Grapevine Lake Dam near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Lunsford said.

The pilot then notified air traffic controllers.

The FAA says it now receives multiple reports every day of drones flying near passenger aircraft.

"We are extremely concerned about unmanned aircraft coming into close proximity with passenger aircraft," Lunsford said. "They just don't mix."

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