A Bombardier Global 6000 private jet aircraft wad flying into Luton Airport when it almost hit a drone at around 4,000ft, The jet’s pilot reported spotting the device which was “black and appeared to have some sort of light source at the front”.

“The size was difficult to judge at the time but the best estimate was 50cm x 50xm” the UK airprox board stated. “It was estimated to pass within 10ft of the aircraft and An inspection after landing did not find any evidence of a strike to the device”.

It is believed that this near miss is the joint closest ever recorded in UK airspace history according to reports.

In October 2018, it was reported that a Virgin Atlantic plane was just 10ft away from hitting a drone on its approach to land at London Heathrow. The latest incident was classed as “category A” which means a serious risk of collision existed.

Drone owners now have to “Register their device”, complete an online theory test and also pay a one-off £9 fee under new regulations aimed at tackling drone misuse. Anyone owning a drone that weighs more than 250g will be legally required to register it and could face a fine of £1,000 if they fail to do so.