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Drone Almost Hit Airliner in Recent Weeks: FAA Official

An unmanned aircraft almost struck a US Airways flight over Florida in March, a pilot told the Federal Aviation Administration, highlighting safety concerns as U.S. regulators develop rules for civilian drone use.

The Bombardier Inc. CRJ2 regional jet was about 5 miles from Tallahassee Regional Airport at an altitude of 2,300 feet (701 meters) when it passed by what appeared to be a remote-controlled aircraft, the FAA said in a statement today.