EssexLive reports the shocking revelation came following a Freedom of Information request to Essex Police. The Ryanair pilot detailed how in 2022, a "black" object zipped past the aircraft while it was travelling at more than 200mph..
The summary read: "Ryanair was climbing out from Stansted Airport and was a height of 4,000ft and just over the St Elizabeth Centre the pilot saw an object which describes as 'black'. It passed within 20 metres of the aircraft, the plane was travelling at 230mph and the object was travelling from north to south. They have said that it was possibly a drone but the drone monitoring equipment at the airport has not picked it up."
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