Frankfurt air traffic suspended after 2 drones spotted
Flights were suspended from around 5.15pm local time after the two unmanned aerial vehicles were spotted near the southern end of the airport site. Air traffic resumed after about 30 minutes.
The airport tweeted that there was “no chaos” over the incident.
Im südlichen Bereich des Airports wurden heute 2 Drohnen gesichtet. Es galt wie immer Safety First! Der Flugbetrieb wurde sofort, bis zur Klärung der Lage durch BPol eingestellt. 30 Minuten fanden keine Starts & Landungen statt. Flugbetrieb läuft wieder normal. KEIN Chaos!— Frankfurt Airport (@Airport_FRA) March 22, 2019
The Frankfurt stoppage follows a number of recent similar incidents in the UK which caused serious air travel chaos. A series of reported- but-unconfirmed drone sightings at Gatwick Airport in December 2018 resulted in disruptions to hundreds of flights, affecting thousands of passengers. Two locals initially questioned over the incident were cleared of any involvement, and no further arrests followed.
Just weeks later, flights at Heathrow were grounded for an hour as a precautionary measure, after a drone was spotted in the area.Also on rt.com UK defenseless against ‘disruptive drone attacks’ at British airports, minister admits
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