Germany’s busiest airport was shut down for nearly two hours on Monday after a drone was spotted near the facility, federal police said.
A pilot reported the drone over the southern part of Frankfurt’s international airport around 11.15am and the airport was shut as police searched the area with the support of a helicopter.
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Police tweeted that the airport was reopened at 1pm but the investigation was continuing.
Several flights were cancelled or re-routed, among them a plane with the governor of the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, who was returning from a visit to Israel.
Only a few weeks ago, Frankfurt airport had to be shut down for about an hour because of a drone sighting and in 2019, some 28 drone sightings were reported there, the dpa news agency reported.