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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...

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