Report cites 15 recent aircraft-drone encounters in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO — Fifteen drone encounters with aircraft in San Diego occurred between February and July, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a recent report.

According to the report, most of the drone sightings occurred near San Diego airports as commercial, military and private aircraft were taking off or landing.

Although federal regulations restrict drones to a maximum altitude of 400 feet, many of these violations reported drones being 2,000 feet or higher.

On the release on its website, the FAA said it ”wants to send a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal.”

It further stated that violators may be subject to stiff fines and possible jail time.