Oklahoma officials warn against drones near air force base
January 18, 2018
ENID, Okla. (AP) — Officials at a northern Oklahoma air force base are asking the public to keep recreational drones away from aircraft after a near collision on a training flight.
Lt. Col. Eric Schmidt works at Vance Air Force Base. He told the Enid News & Eagle that an aircraft on a Jan. 9 training flight came within about 50 feet of a drone flying at an altitude of approximately 1,000 feet. The drone had a light on, but wasn't immediately spotted, Schmidt said.
People who fly drones recreationally often don't realize how dangerous a drone can be to an aircraft, Schmidt said. A drone co...