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FAA investigates report of drone seen near NYC

Mar. 5, 2013 - 10:30AM   |   Last Updated: Mar. 5, 2013 - 10:30AM  |  
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NEW YORK — The FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating a pilot's report that he spotted a small unmanned aircraft at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The Alitalia pilot told air traffic controllers that he saw the aircraft as he approached the runway at Kennedy at 1:15 p.m. Monday. The pilot said the aircraft was 4 to 5 miles southeast of the airport and was flying at an altitude of about 1,500 feet.

An FBI spokesman said the pilot reported that the aircraft was about 1 meter long.

The pilot can be heard on radio calls captured by http://www.liveatc.net/">LiveATC.net, a website that posts air traffic communications. The pilot said, "We saw a drone, a drone aircraft."

The FAA said the pilot did not take evasive action, and the plane landed safely.

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