In an audio recording played on ABC, the Alitalia pilot says: “We saw a drone, a drone aircraft.”
The control tower is then heard warning other aircraft, telling one: “Delta 1368, use caution. There was a report of a drone aircraft on about a five-mile funnel 1,500 feet.”
The Joint Terror Task Force and Federal Aviation Administration are reportedly probing the alleged drone sighting.
FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said in a statement to CNN yesterday: “The FAA is investigating a report. … He saw a small, unmanned or remote-controlled aircraft while on final approach to Runway 31 Right.”
CNN pointed out it is illegal to operate drones within three miles of an airport without first notifying air traffic controllers.
The news network added that “flying unmanned aerial vehicles is illegal for most business purposes; however, governments and public entities such as police departments can apply for permission to operate them.”