Next tonight to an ABC news exclusive, passenger jets dodging drones, pilots scrambling to avoid them. David Kerley is getting answers. Reporter: Tonight these type of drones have gotten close to jets... See More
Next tonight to an ABC news exclusive, passenger jets dodging drones, pilots scrambling to avoid them. David Kerley is getting answers. Reporter: Tonight these type of drones have gotten close to jets in the New York area. A senior aviation source tells ABC news that in just the past 30 days there has been an increase in incidents, one in just the past 48 hours. In two of those incidents, the source tells ABC news, the pilots turned their aircraft away, worried about possible collision with the unmanned drones. We've heard those concerns before, a pilot on approach to JFK reported a close call. Kennedy tower, just for your information, we just saw a little drone below us. Reporter: The worry, those small drones could do big damage to jet liners filled with passengers. The biggest worry is that one of these drones could be ingested by a plane and shut the engine down. Reporter: In a statement tonight the FAA tells us in the past 90 days there has been a small increase of does in new York possibly due to increased awareness and the agency encourages the pilots to report these calls. Controllers have been ordered to make a specific report each time a drone gets close to a jet. A federal official tells us the reports do get buried. All of this as the FAA consider is rules for the explosion of inexpensive aircraft that can reach far into the sky like the one that flew into the space needle. The FAA is going to have to work harder and faster to get the rules written. Reporter: Senator Schumer of New York calls that area the wild west for drones. The new rules for the FAA are not expected until the end of the year.
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