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Drone data shows ‘close calls’ surge


Retailers intrigued by the prospect of drone deliveries should be concerned by new data that shows a disturbingly high number of close calls with commercial aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration released data showing the number of incidents in which drones flew too close to a commercial aircraft increased to 1,200 last year from 236 incidents in 2014, the first year FAA began tracking the data.

The increased number of close calls is noteworthy as the FAA crafts rules regulating drone usage which, if overly restrictive, could impinge on some retailers plans to use the unmanned aerial vehicles.

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