Drone activity near Lisbon Airport disrupts air traffic

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In the evening of 19 September, a drone disturbed air traffic around Lisbon Airport. At least one flight, a TAP Air Portugal Airbus A319 (CS-TTG) was forced to make a go-around. The aircraft approached the runway but aborted its landing at around 900 feet, the aircraft safely landed twenty minutes later.

Kevin Raub, one of the passengers that came in from Vienna witnesses: “Stuck in the air over due to drone. No flights landing. Fantastic.

It’s not the first drone sighting at Lisbon this week as on Monday (17 September) a TAP Air Portugal Airbus A340 from Maputo spotted a drone on its left hand side, forcing a Transavia Boeing 737-800 (F-HTVH) coming in from Nantes to make a go-around and attempt a second landing.

On 21 August, air traffic at Lisbon Airport was halted for eight minutes after a drone fell on the runway. In the first half of this year, Portuguese aviation authorities have already logged 16 drone incidents in the vicinity of national airports.

On 28 July, a new drone-law (no. 58/2018) came into force, the violation of this decree can be punished with a fine between 300 and 7,500 euros.

 

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