Virgin Atlantic jet carrying 264 passengers ‘came within SECONDS of crashing into two drones at 14,000ft as it approached to land at Heathrow’.

The shocking near-miss happened as the B787-9 Dreamliner carrying 264 passengers flew at 320mph over Essex. The report rated the incident as Category A, meaning there was a serious risk of a collision.

A member of the crew spotted the drones, one of which was just 90ft from the aircraft. If either drone had hit the plane, it could have disabled an engine or even smashed the windscreen, injuring the pilots.

A report by the UK Airprox Board said one of the drones appeared to veer away at the last second to avoid a collision.

The close call happened just before 5pm on February 14 at the end of a nine-hour flight from Delhi.