Remember back in December when drone sightings shut down the Gatwick Airport for nearly 36 hours, delaying over 100,000 people and even requiring a military intervention in order to reopen it? Well, a drone sighting halted flights at the Newark Liberty International airport on Tuesday evening.
According to the New York Times, two pilots reported seeing a drone flying at about 3,500 feet over Teterboro Airport In New Jersey, a small airport about 17 miles north of Newark Liberty. Planes resumed landing at Newark Liberty by around 5:45 p.m. ET. However, other flights bound to land at the airport were prevented from taking off or had to circle overheard, with Port Authority officials only saying normal operations had resumed shortly after 7:00 p.m. ET.
As of 12:10 on 1/23/19, a drone sighting has not been confirmed. According to the Newark Liberty Airport Twitter account, @EWRairport, the airport is working with the FAA and federal law enforecment to investigate this incident.
Normal #EWR operations have resumed after arrivals were briefly held by the FAA due to reports of drone activity north of the airport earlier this evening. We’re coordinating with the FAA & fully supporting all federal law enforcement authorities as they investigate this incident— Newark Liberty Airport (@EWRairport) January 23, 2019
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