Pilots Spot Unmanned Drones at Busy Airport

The FAA is researching and creating new rules for the small flying drones.
2:00 | 11/20/14

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And now concerns about safety in the skies. Alarming reports from one of the nation's busiest airports. Pilots spotting unmanned drones flying too close as they prepare to land. David Kerley has the story. Reporter: A jetblue pilot sees something on approach. About two miles out on the final, looked like one of those unmanned drones was flying right on the final. Two mile final, 3-400 feet? That's right. Reporter: The second sighting in two days. Sunday's, involving two jets was closer. We had something over us, a drone or a balloon. Came real quick. Not showing anything over there. Reporter: That's a virgin atlantic 747, preparing to land at 8:00 at night. Seeing the drone flying above 2,000 feet, far above the legal level. Then one minute later, a delta says a drone misses its wing by one foot. A foot. None of these aircraft took evasive action, all landed safely. But this is part of an alarming trend of drones that cost a couple of hundred dollars flying illegally in the air space of multi-million dollar aircraft carrying passengers. You fly it near the airplane, it's vulnerable on final approach. Reporter: The FAA is researching and writing new rules, but their explosive growth is far ahead that have rule-making. And those flying these small drones are playing a dangerous game at times. People are being incredibly irresponsible by flying these drones anywhere near where there might be airplanes. Reporter: We reported about the program asking pilots to report the close encounters. There's an FAA and FBI task force to look into these. But they haven't. Able to stop drones getting too close. They might have to take action. The battle over immigration now. President Obama set to announce

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