The Alitalia pilot spotted the unmanned craft — described as “a black drone” — hovering just 200 feet from his jet about three miles east of the airport as he made his approach from Brooklyn.
“He was very clear as to what he saw,” a source said.
The pilot told investigators the object was flying at about 1,800 feet and looked like “a black drone about a meter square, with helicopter rotors on the corners.”
“It didn’t require the pilot of the jet to take any evasive action, and it didn’t interfere with the aircraft,” a source said.
The pilot landed safely.
Watch the CBS This Morning report, AFTER THE JUMP...
San Francisco Supervisor David Campos is proposing a charter amendment which would put the question of creating Harvey Milk-San Francisco International Airport on November's ballot, the AP reports:
If five of Campos’ colleagues agree to submit the proposed name change to voters and the amendment goes through in the fall, the city would become home to the world’s first airport honoring an openly gay person, said Milk’s nephew, Stuart Milk.
Milk, who runs an international gay rights foundation in his uncle’s memory, said that adding an airport to the list of public venues named for Harvey Milk would mark a milestone since flights to and from San Francisco International serve 68 countries where homosexuality is illegal.
No airport in the country has ever been named for an out LGBT person. The amendment could be voted on within two weeks.
And judging by his expression, has about as great an experience as the rest of us do.
Here's a cool time-lapse of all landings at San Diego International Airport on Black Friday Nov 23, 2012 between 1030 am and 300 pm fused into a 25-second clip. Enjoy!
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
From last night's Nightline:
"Bir told ABC News that her data made it clear that bracing for impact -- placing one's head down and putting one's hands over one's head -- could increase the odds of survival. During the crash, which was a belly flop done nose first, passengers near the front bore the brunt of the impact. Rows one through seven held the "fatal" seats -- seat 7A was catapulted straight out of the plane. Many of the seat-belted dummies who weren't bent over in the bracing position incurred spinal injuries from jerking forward in their seat belts."
Watch the footage, AFTER THE JUMP...