Back in July this year, it has emerged that a British Airways Boeing 787 from London Heathrow to Montreal nearly hit a drone in the Windsor area.
Incident: British Airways 787 From London Nearly Hits Drone in Windsor…
British Airways flight BA95 is a routine scheduled flight between London Heathrow and Montreal, with the affected rotation involved in the incident over Windsor being operated by G-ZBKR at the time.
As per data from Planespotters.net, G-ZBKR is a 5.8 year old Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that was delivered to the airline back in March 2018.
Of the 787-9 variant, the UK carrier has 18 of them, of which all of them are in active service, hosting an average age of 7.5 years.
British Airways flight BA95 departed London Heathrow at 1959 local time on July 25, 2023 from Runway 27L.
As per The Evening Standard, it is understood the crew onboard the flight bound for Montreal noticed the drone over Windsor when it was 20 metres away from the aircraft.
According to the UK Airprox Board, which marked this incident as Category A, said the following in their report:
“It was apparent that whilst it was very close, the drone would pass below and to their left. The drone was white, with multiple props but no lights.”
“In the Board’s opinion the reported altitude and/or description of the object were sufficient to indicate that it could have been a drone.”
“The Board considered that the pilot’s overall account of the incident portrayed a situation where providence had played a major part in the incident and/or a definite risk of collision had existed.”
A British Airways spokesperson said the following on the incident from BA95 between London and Montreal over Windsor:
“We take such matters extremely seriously and our pilots report incidents so that the authorities can investigate and take appropriate action.”
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