On Friday, more than 10,000 passengers were stranded at the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in China after a group of four drones flew within the airport’s restricted airspace, grounding more than 60 flights, according to the South China Morning Press.
According to the China News Service the incident occurred at approximately 2:38 p.m. Friday, with one of the drones even getting close enough to pass below a landing airplane. Flying drones is prohibited within 6 miles from the centerline of the airport runways.
The South China Morning Press reported that 58 flights arriving in Chengdu were diverted to other airports, while four approaching planes were forced to return to their place of origin. The airport in Chengdu has been plagued by issues with nearby drones recently.
According to China News Service, over the week of April 14-21, the airport reported four separate incidents of drones interrupting flights. The South China Morning Press reported that on Saturday, one person was arrested for flying drones near the airport and on Monday and Tuesday a total of 30 flights were adversely affected by drones.
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