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Drone Sighting Halts Incoming Flights at Newark Airport

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Drone Sighting Halts Incoming Flights at Newark Airport

Drone Sighting Halts Incoming Flights at Newark Airport

The drone was reportedly spotted Tuesday evening flying about 3,500 feet above the nearby Teterboro Airport.

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Drone Sighting Halts Incoming Flights at Newark Airport

Full operations resumed  at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey Tuesday evening after nearby drone activity forced a brief suspension of flight arrivals.  An FAA spokesman  told multiple outlets  that incoming flights were held for about 30 minutes after a drone was spotted flying about 3,500 feet over the nearby Teterboro Airport.

Those planes were  forced to circle  Newark airport until they were given permission to land.

Newark is one of the three main airports that serve the New York City area, with  tens of millions  of passengers passing through it each year.

The FAA  prohibits operators  from flying their drones within 5 miles of most airports without explicit permission.

Drones are also not supposed to be flown  higher than 400 feet  in the air.  Newark officials said they were coordinating with the FAA and law enforcement to investigate Tuesday's incident.

Dozens of drone sightings in the U.K. late last year forced London's Gatwick Airport to cancel or divert  about 1,000 flights  over the course of three days, affecting roughly 140,000 passengers.




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