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30 flights affected in latest UAE drone incidents

Posted 30 October 2016 · Add Comment

Dubai and Sharjah international airports were closed for more than hour last night when a drone intruded into air space with up to 30 flights affected.

 Airspace around DXB was closed from 7.25pm to 8.45pm "due to unauthorised drone activity resulting in the diversion of 22 inbound flights", Dubai Airports said.

At least eight flights were also affected at Sharjah International because it and Dubai airports share flight paths.

The Sharjah closure began about 8pm and flights were cleared to take off again at 9pm.

The Dubai Airport statement continued: “Safety is our top priority and Dubai Airports reminds all UAV operators that any and all activities are not permitted unless authorised by regulatory authorities and are strictly prohibited in restricted areas including within 5 kilometres of any airport or landing area."


This is at least the third airport closure this year due to authorized drone activity with other incidents leading to DXB closures last June and September.
 

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