Dublin Airport: Flights grounded and runway closed after drone sighting

Andrew Cummings
February 21, 2019

On Thursday morning, Dublin Airport announced that all flights would be suspended for safety reasons due to the confirmed sighting of a drone over the airfield.

All flights at Dublin Airport were suspended on Thursday following the confirmed sighting of a drone over the airfield at Ireland's main airport.

"The safety and security of passengers is always our key priority", the airport said on Twitter.

Police are probing a line of inquiry the major disruption caused at the London airport was an inside job, sources have told The Times.

Following the Gatwick chaos, Senator Kevin Humphreys said he "would have expected a strategy to be put in place for any such happens around our airports".

It comes as the no-fly zone for drones around airports is to be extended following the disruption at Gatwick in December, the government says.

About 1,000 flights were cancelled at the airport over three days due to the drone sightings. It is illegal to fly drones within five kilometres of an airport in the State and all drones that weigh more than 1kg must be registered with the IAA. It has also drafted in Scotland Yard, along with three other forces, to help.

In January, Ireland's Transport Minister Shane Ross convened a meeting of experts to discuss the threat posed by drones. The attacker hid the drone behind buildings where it could not be taken down by anti-drone equipment.

The Times Ireland reports that United Kingdom police think a present or former airport employee was behind the incident.

According to The Times, two sources inside Whitehall say the drone was flown in front of air traffic controllers in an area where mobile phones were banned so they couldn't photograph or film it.

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