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Drone incursion in Dubai diverts 40 flights

31-Oct-2016 :

Dubai: Saturday’s unauthorised drone activity that led to the closure of Dubai International Airport (DXB) caused the diversion of 40 inbound flights, almost twice the number previously reported.


The DXB was forced to close from 7.25pm to 8.45pm on Saturday following a drone in the surrounding area of Al Warqa’a, leading to some flights being diverted to Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) in Dubai and Al Ain International Airport.


No drones are allowed within five kilometres from the outer fence of any airport in the UAE, warns the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAG) on its website (www.gcaa.gov.ae).


However, the latest shutdown was the third such incident this year. It also prompted the relatively near Sharjah International Airport to close its surrounding airspace.


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