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Drone fly-by closes Dubai's busy airport

Published 28/09/2016

Drones have previously disrupted flights into Dubai airport, which is the base of long-haul carrier Emirates (AP)
Drones have previously disrupted flights into Dubai airport, which is the base of long-haul carrier Emirates (AP)

Dubai International Airport had to close for half an hour after a drone flew by its airspace.

Airport officials said flight operations were halted just after 8am local time on Wednesday over "unauthorised drone activity".

It said a number of take-offs and landings were delayed by the incident.

It added on Twitter: "Safety is our top priority and we remind all (drone) operations that activities are not permitted within 5 kilometers (3.11 miles) of any airport or landing area."

Drones have previously disrupted flights into the airport, which is the base of long-haul carrier Emirates.

Since February, drone owners have been required to register with the United Arab Emirates' General Civil Aviation Authority. Authorities also ban hobbyists from putting cameras or lasers on their drones and flying in certain areas.

AP

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