Airline chief slams ‘irresponsible idiots’ after drone near miss

A Loganair flight from Shetland was involved in a near miss with a drone as it approached Edinburgh Airport.

The device flew within 20 and 30 metres of the flight shortly after 1pm on Friday.

It sparked a strongly-worded response from the airline chiefs.

Managing director Jonathan Hinkles described the behaviour of those operating the drone as “incredibly dangerous”, and slammed those operating the drone as “irresponsible idiots”.

The drone is believed to have been piloted from either Bathgate or Armadale. The plane was flying at around 4,000 feet, and the pilot was forced to take evasive action to avoid a collision.
Nobody was injured and the plane later landed safely at Edinburgh Airport.

“Flying drones into the path of aircraft is incredibly dangerous. New laws are being proposed to deal with this growing threat and our view is that they can’t come soon enough to deal with irresponsible idiots like this. Aircraft are designed to withstand bird strikes, but the hard material of a drone is a different matter.”


Add Your Comment

Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.