So this is not strictly U.K drone news, but it comes after a string of recent reports of drone near misses with planes so we though that we would report on it.

A Lufthansa passenger jumbo jet reportedly had a near miss with a drone aircraft according to the pilot. The near-miss happened as he was approaching Los Angeles, according to the FAA.

The incident happened around 5,000 feet in the air as the drone came within about 2000 feet of the Lufthansa flight 14 miles east of the international airport of LA at around 1:30 PM.

The crew took no evasive action and the plane, Lufthansa Flight 456, was able to land safely just a few minutes later with no other incidents reported said Ian Gregor, spokesman for the FAA.

Details about the flight, such as the number of passengers and crew, and where the plane came from, has not been reported by the authorities.

Californian senator Dianne Feinstein said that the incident was a prime example of the threat unregulated drone activity places on the commercial aviation industry. Senator Feinstein has introduced new legislation that requires drones to be built with better safety features.

She released a statement saying that this is just another incident in which a drone may have brought down an airliner, and that such incidents are unacceptable.

Current federal regulations require that drones are not used above 400 feet, or within 5 miles of an airport without contacting air traffic control and the airport authorities beforehand. Operators are also required to keep drones away from aircraft and groups of people.

The FAA have heard reports of at least 42 drone aircraft flying unsafely near LAX, the second busiest airport in the United States, since April 2014, according to an analyst for the Los Angeles Times using the data last released by Feinstein.

The data shows that the most reports by pilots of close encounters happened in California, where nearly 200 reports were made in the last two years.

Feinstein sent a letter to the FAA in 2014 in which she cited three instances where drones flew dangerously close to passenger planes near airports. Two of them even happened on the same day in May near the LaGuardia airport in New York City and LAX. There was also another one in New York in March 2013, this one happening near JFK airport.

The FAA responded to the concerns about rogue drones near airports by making regulations in December stating that hobbyists who were as young as 13 need to register their drones online with the government.

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