That’s why on Tuesday, January 22, flights were temporarily grounded at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey following the sighting of two drones being flown over Teterboro Airport, a small private airport close by. A pilot told air traffic control that one of the drones came within 30 feet of his plane, sparking the 90-minute traffic halt for all outbound and inbound flights.
In a statement, the Federal Aviation Authority said, “At approximately 5:00 PM, we received two reports from incoming flights into Newark that a drone was sighted at about 3,500 feet above Teterboro, New Jersey. At that point, flights arriving into Newark were held for a short duration. Since then, and with no further drone sightings, arrivals have been resumed.”
Drones have become a serious issue for airports lately, with London’s Heathrow Airport forced to delay flights for one hour earlier this month after a drone sighting. Gatwick Airport grounded and diverted more than 1,000 flights between December 19 and 21 after a drone was spotted, impacting the travel of around 140,000 people.
H/T: BBC News