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FAA investigating series of close calls between passenger planes and unmanned drones

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The FAA is investigating a series of close-calls between passenger planes and unmanned drones flying very high, near some very big airports.

Pilot: "Hey, there was just one of those radio-controlled helicopter things that went right over the top of us at 4,000."

Controller: "Over the top of you at 4,000? Roger that."

Pilot: "One of those remotely piloted deals."

Controller: "Gottcha, a drone?"

Pilot: "Yep, little bitty one, red in color."

The incidents happened over the weekend in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta.

The drone spotted in Atlanta was reportedly flying very high at 8,500 feet, which is, well above the FAA set limit for drones of 400 feet.

The concern, a collision with a plane could crack a cockpit window or seriously damage a engine.

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