Flights diverted from Sharjah International Airport due to suspected drone incident
Six Air Arabia flights were sent to Ras Al Khaimah on Thursday
Flights were diverted away from Sharjah International Airport on Thursday morning due to suspected drone activity in the area.
Six planes were sent to Ras Al Khaimah International between 7am and 9am, an airport official there confirmed to The National.
The planes departed for Sharjah a short time later.
One passenger said the captain told passengers it was due to a suspected drone sighting but there was no official confirmation from the authorities.
A Sharjah airport official confirmed there was brief disruption but had no further comment. Civil aviation officials would not confirm a drone was involved and declined to comment further.
In September, two flights were diverted from Dubai International Airport suspected drone activity in the area and in February, operations were temporarily shut-down at Dubai International, causing delays of almost an hour for some flights.
And last December major disruption was caused at London's Gatwick airport after drones were spotted near the airfield, raising concerns globally about the vulnerability of airports to unmanned aerial vehicles.
Anyone found operating a drone without a licence in the UAE or any restricted airspace can be hit with a Dh20,000 fine. The devices cannot be flown within 5 kilometres of an airport.
Updated: November 28, 2019 11:36 AM