Flights di­verted from Shar­jah after sus­pected drone in­ci­dent

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Flights were di­verted from Shar­jah In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Thurs­day morn­ing be­cause of sus­pected drone ac­tiv­ity in the area.

Six planes were sent to Ras Al Khaimah In­ter­na­tional Air­port be­tween 7am and 9am, an of­fi­cial there con­firmed to The Na­tional.

The planes de­parted for Shar­jah a short time later.

A 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 after sus­pected drone ac­tiv­ity in the area and in Fe­bru­ary, op­er­a­tions were tem­po­rar­ily shut down, caus­ing de­lays of al­most an hour for some flights.

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