Flights in and out of New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport were disrupted after booms of a drone flying near Teterboro Airport. Primarily, the US Federal Aviation Administration said there were sights of two drones. A spokesperson from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) previously said flights into Newark — the 11th busiest U.S. airport — were momentarily suspended after two drones were seen flying at 3,500 feet over close to Teterboro Airport, a small regional airport about 17 miles away that generally handles corporate jets and private planes. The federal agency said information about the drone sightings was spun over to law enforcement.
Arriving home from an 8 hour flight from Norway, the last thing one passenger wanted to deal with was an interruption in the sky caused by the drones. “They shouldn’t be flying near an airport, period. They do and they get trapped they’ve got to pay the consequences,” Thor Kongvold said. Sources told CBS2 both the drones were spotted around 5 p.m. and flew 3,500 feet above Teterboro Airport – less than 20 miles from Newark Liberty International. The event follows major disruption over the Christmas period at London’s Gatwick airport, where specious drone sightings grounded hundreds of flights over the course of 3 days.
The drone was apparently flying at 3,500 feet and has since cleared the airspace over the airport, Martin said. Flights have since continued, the FAA and the airport said. The incident is suggestive of similar stoppages at airports in the UK, when drone sightings at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports brought air traffic to a halt. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates both Newark Liberty International and Teterboro airports, did not immediately comment on the matter.
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