- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A drone flew about 100 feet below the nose of an American Airlines flight that was on its approach to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport last weekend, authorities said Tuesday.

Phoenix police said the pilot didn’t have to make any adjustments to the approach around 6:45 p.m. Sunday and the airliner landed safely. But the crew called the incident in to the Federal Aviation Administration.

FAA officials confirmed the incident Tuesday, but couldn’t immediately provide any details on where the flight was coming from or how many people were aboard.

They referred questions to Phoenix police, who interviewed the flight crew.

According to police, American Airlines flight 605 was at about 7,000 feet over an area east of Phoenix when the co-pilot saw a black-and-yellow, three propeller drone flying at about 100 feet below the jetliner’s nose.

“Phoenix Police Airport Bureau officers spoke with the flight crew and there was no opportunity for follow-up in the area of the sighting,” police said in a statement Tuesday, adding that the city is working on a proposal to address the issue of drones and recreational model airplanes flying around Sky Harbor.

“If a drone flies too close to an airplane, there is a chance it can be sucked into an engine, presenting a potential major public safety threat,” said Phoenix City Council members Sal DiCiccio and Michael Nowakowski, who is chairman of the Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee.

The two men are preparing an Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle/System (Drone) Ordinance to protect Phoenix citizens’ safety and privacy.

“This incident reflects the growing danger and other potential illicit uses for which people can use personal drones,” DiCiccio and Nowakowski said in a statement. “It is a public safety concern that our police department currently has little to no authority to control. We are launching an effort and proposing an ordinance this September that will give law enforcement strength when encountering threats such as this.”

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