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>> Europe's air travel industry wants to crackdown on dangerous drones
n a joint statement, associations representing airlines, pilots, and airports called for a mandatory registration and training of drone users. Reuter's European airlines correspondent, Victoria Bryan, says there are a number of safety concerns.>> There have been an increasing number of near misses reported by pilots seeing drones as they come in to land at airports, even drones hindering firefighting operations.
And that's why it's crucial that regulations be harmonized across the region in order to ensure that people can enjoy to use drones safely.>> There are currently no harmonized regulations across Europe for drones. The joint statement also wants more done to educate users on the risks of flying too high or too close to airports.
>> It also demands research into what could happen should a drone be sucked into an engine of a plane, for example, cuz we just don't know. There's plenty of research done on what happens when bird strikes occur and are sucked into engines of airplanes. But fortunately, we have not had a confirmed incident yet of a drone striking a plane.
However, they want research to be done in order that we have an idea of what could happen in this event and what could be done to prevent it.>> The associations say tighter regulation could help authorities keep track of dangerous drone pilots, those who have flown too close to prohibited areas or with a history of crashing in public places, as well as making users more aware that owning a small unmanned aircraft is a big responsibility.