Reported sightings of two drones flying not far from Newark International airport in America forced officials to ground flights.
Last night, a pilot told Air Traffic Control that he thought one of the drones came within 30ft of his aircraft.
According to a report from the BBC, the sightings took place Teterboro Airport, a nearby private facility, but officials closed Newark International, America’s 11th busiest airport, as a precaution.
The reports have faced scrutiny from the drone industry once again, with Brendan Schulman, DJI’s VP for policy and legal affairs taking to Twitter to question the credibility of the sightings.
He wrote: “Two drones at once. In the dark. At 3500 feet altitude. It’s very cold outside, below freezing; not the kind of weather for flying drones. This is just not credible.”
Immediately after the sightings at around 5pm local time on Tuesday evening, the FAA held flights arriving into Newark for a short duration.
In a statement released after the events, the FAA said: “At approximately 5pm, we received two reports from incoming flights into Newark that a drone was sighted at about 3,500ft above Teterboro, New Jersey.”
It continued: “At that point, flights arriving into Newark were held for a short duration. Since then, and with no further drone sightings, arrivals have been resumed. However, we still have a ground stop in place at other airports departing for Newark until a backlog of arrivals can be cleared. We expect that to be lifted soon.”
Earlier this week CDP reported on a man being charged with flying his drone in near proximity to Heathrow Airport over the Christmas period.
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