A DRONE flying near a British Airways flight over Drumchapel could have been "catastrophic" for its 72 passengers and four crew.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the incident on Friday night when the pilot reported being able to see the drone from the cockpit window.

It is believed the drone controller was near the Great Western Retail Park in Drumchapel and had a line of sight with the Embraer aircraft.

Flight BA2210 from London City Airport was about 800ft off the ground at 9.44pm on September 7 as it approached Glasgow Airport.

The drone was close enough the pilot “believed the safety of the aircraft may have been compromised”, said police.

As of July 30, it is against the law to fly a drone over 400ft.

Inspector Edward Seery, Drumchapel police, told the Post: “If you are using a drone it is your responsibility to be aware of the strict rules in place which are designed to keep everyone safe.

“It is against the law to fly a drone over 400ft (120m) and within 1km of an airport airfield boundary.

“The reckless and negligent use of drones can have a catastrophic outcome.”

A spokesman for British Airways said: "The safety of our crew and customers is always our highest priority.

"We take these matters very seriously and our pilots report any incident of this nature so that they can investigate and take the appropriate action."

On May 26, 2017, a drone was flown above a Thomas Cook flight arriving into Glasgow as it passed over the area of Belsyde Avenue, Drumchapel.

The drone was at about 1,200ft and the Airbus A321 at 1,000ft, three miles out from Glasgow Airport.

Nobody was arrested for the 2017 incident.

Anyone with information on the drones should contact Drumchapel police on 101.