DENVER (CBS4) – The Federal Aviation Administration is testing new technology that could detect unmanned aircraft, or drones, as the devices approach Denver International Airport.

Radars currently in use cannot detect small drones.

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The FAA says spotting those drones is crucial for the safety of commercial airline passengers.

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“We don’t want anything in the controlled airspace around a busy airport that could pose a distraction hazard to a pilot or a collision hazard for the aircraft,” said Ian Gregor, Public Affairs Manager with the FAA Pacific Division.

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Since DIA started tracking drone encounters there have been more than one a month in airport space.

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