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British Airways Pilot Reports Drone Strike Near London Airport: Police

by Elisha Fieldstadt /  / Updated 

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A British Airways pilot flying into London reported that a drone had struck his plane Sunday afternoon, according to police.

An object, believed to be a drone, struck the front of a plane landing at Heathrow Airport from Geneva, Switzerland, about noon (7 a.m. ET), according to London's Metropolitan Police. The flight landed safely, police said.

No arrests had been made, but the Met's Aviation Police warned that flying a drone too close to a plane is illegal.

Five crew members and 132 passengers were aboard the Airbus A320 at the time, British Airways spokesman Michael Johnson told NBC News.

British Airways said in a statement that the plane was inspected and cleared for the next flight.

"Safety and security are always our first priority and we will give the police every assistance with their investigation," the statement said.

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