A French-made Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 flies over a lake. Photo by Nicolas Halftermeyer via Wikimedia Commons

Nineteen drone encounters with aircraft in San Diego occurred between December and August, the Federal Aviation Administration reported.

According to the report released Friday, most of the drone sightings occurred near the San Diego, Carlsbad and Ramona airports as commercial, military and private aircraft were taking off or landing.

Although federal regulations restrict drones to a maximum altitude of 400 feet, many of these violations reported drones being 2,000 feet or higher.

The FAA said it “wants to send a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal.”

It further stated that violators may be subject to stiff fines and possible jail time.

City News Service contributed to this article.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.