Operator who flew drone close to Battle of Britain fighter sentenced

A drone pilot whom a judge said could have caused a “catastrophic situation” when he flew a drone near a Battle of Britain fighter plane will be sentenced at a Crown Court.

Mark Bagguley was in charge of the device when it flew dangerously close to the wing of a Hawker Hurricane as it flew over Buxton, Derbyshire, last July.

The drone was later seized and Bagguley, 49, was arrested at his home in Chatsworth Road, Fairfield, pleading guilty last month to endangering an aircraft and operating an aircraft out of the visual line of sight.