Alitalia pilot reports drone sighting near JFK International Airport

The pilot called in the sighting at around 1:30 p.m. Monday. (3/5/13)

ATLANTIC BEACH - The FBI has launched an investigation after a pilot reported seeing a small drone aircraft while making a final approach to John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The pilot of Alitalia Flight 608 says he spotted an unmanned or remote-controlled aircraft hovering at an altitude of about 1,500 feet. The flight was roughly 3 miles away from runway 31R at the time of the sighting. The unmanned aircraft came within 200 feet of the plane.

No other pilots have reported seeing a drone.

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The FBI is asking anyone with information to call them at 212-384-1000. Those who call can remain anonymous.

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