A drone flying at an altitude of more than 2,000 metres came close to an Aer Lingus plane as it approached Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport yesterday, airport sources said this morning.

The incident comes after a British Airways plane nearing London's Heathrow Airport on Sunday is believed to have hit a drone before it landed safely.

In yesterday’s incident, the Aer Lingus pilot saw the drone pass about 150m from the right wing of the Airbus A320 plane, one of the sources said.

After landing, the pilot informed air traffic police about the incident, which happened as the plane was flying at 2,300 metres and was around 50km from the airport on its journey from Dublin.

It is not known how many passengers were on the plane.

Aer Lingus has confirmed that cockpit crew saw a drone as they approached the airport, and that the incident was reported to the authorities.

In February, the pilot of an Air France Airbus A320 was forced to make an emergency manoeuvre to avoid a drone.

The drone passed five metres under the plane's left wing as it was at 1,600m altitude on its approach to Charles de Gaulle.

Shop-bought micro-drones are not allowed to fly above 150m altitude in France, although some can reach several thousand metres.