The incident took place shortly before 15;oo hrs BST on Wednesday as the commercial flight, with 62 people on board, was in the final stages of landing at Cornwalls' Newquay airport.
In a police statement, appealing for witnesses and any camera phone footage of the incident, Insp Dave Meredith, said: “The aircraft was travelling at around 900 feet and was approximately two miles from the airport, just south of St Columb Major when it reported a near-miss with a drone which flew alongside the aircraft.
“Police immediately conducted a search of the area but neither the drone nor its operator could be located. This is an incredibly concerning incident; the close proximity of the drone to the passenger aircraft shows a complete disregard by the operator for public safety and we are appealing to the public for information to help us track down this reckless drone operator.
“We view such incidents very seriously and the forces’ specialist drone unit will be leading the investigation.”
Members of the public who can assist in any way can either call police on 101 ask for Cornwall and Insp. Ian Meredith or the Crimestoppers Charity https://crimestoppers-uk.org/
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