Drone nearly hit Manchester Easyjet plane window at 8,000ft

Publishedduration59 minutes agoimage copyrightPA Mediaimage captionThe flight had more than 180 passengers

A packed Easyjet plane "narrowly missed" being hit by a drone flying at 8,000ft over Greater Manchester, an air safety report has revealed.

The UK Airprox Board, which monitors drone incidents, said the device passed "very close" to the cockpit window as it flew over Ashton-Under-Lyne.

It rated the incident on 4 September in its highest risk category.

The report added that a "definite risk of collision existed" and "providence played a major part in the incident."

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