Cork Airport closed briefly after a drone flew over the airfield

Cork Airport closed briefly after a drone flew over the airfield
Cork Airport. Picture: Denis Scannell

CORK Airport was forced to close to flights briefly this morning when a drone was spotted near the airport.

The incident led to the delay of the Amsterdam and Birmingham flights.

The alarm was raised at 9.45am when Air Traffic control staff spotted a drone flying over the airfield."

There is a strict 5km exclusion zone around all airports and aerodromes.

The controllers immediately put all inbound flights into a holding pattern and alerted Airport Police and the Gardaí.

The drone then disappeared and flights were able to resume at 10.22am.

Gardaí and Airport Police remain on site monitoring the situation.

"Cork Airport can confirm that there was minimum disruption to services earlier this morning due an incident involving a drone," Cork Airport said in a statement.

"The drone was seen flying over the airfield and was monitored by Airport Police. An Garda Siochana were notified and responded immediately."

"Services have now resumed and An Garda Siochana is investigating the incident. It is illegal to fly a drone within 5km of an aerodrome."

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