A fifth of near misses with aircraft caused by drones
Drones frequently cause problems in aviation. Every year, large numbers of drones drift into the flight paths of aircraft. — Despite the Covid-19 pandemic significantly impacting the aviation industry and grounding many aircraft, 109 near misses, or airproxes, were recorded between January and October 2020 by the UK Airprox board. 22 (20%) of these incidents were caused by drones. This is the next biggest cause of airproxes after other aircraft.