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US pilots report surge in drone close calls

As a result of a sales boom, small, largely unregulated remote-control aircraft are clogging airspace, snarling air traffic

DRONE MENACE: In January, a small quadcopter drone crashed on the White House grounds, briefly triggering a lockdown.


LAST Sunday, a swarm of small rogue drones disrupted air traffic across the country on a scale previously unseen in US skies.

At 8.51 am, a white drone startled the pilot of a JetBlue flight, appearing off its left wing moments before it landed at Los Angeles