Drone has close call with jetliner in North Carolina, officials say

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WLS) -- A drone and commercial jetliner nearly crashed at the Charlotte-Douglas Airport in North Carolina, official said.

The U.S. Airways jet was about to land when a remote control quadcopter came flying in front of the plane, officials say. The pilot had to call the control tower for help.

The drone violated a ban of flying within 5 miles of an airport, a growing concern for the airline industry as drones become more popular.

The plane did manage to land safely.

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