Drone sighting leaves officials concerned over air safety

Flights at Newark Liberty International Airport were halted for a time Tuesday night after pilots reported seeing a drone. ABC News' Victor Oquendo reports.
2:33 | 01/23/19

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Good Wednesday morning everyone we begin with the scare hovering over one of the busiest airports in the country flights have been destructed at Newark Airport in New Jersey after pilots say a drone came dangerously close to their planes. And as police investigated other pilots were forced to circle above the airport with what a plane coming dangerously close to running out of fuel this all comes just weeks after drone citing shut down. Another major airport for two days. A scare in the skies over Newark International Airport. Two fully loaded plane on final approach when the pilots of both planes reported a drone within a few dozen feet. The pilot of a southwest flight from Phoenix solid first. These Geithner got the first finally here oodles. Without revealing that girl that would preclude that they would then that is they. A quarter mile at all governor right. You can then hear the controller notified the next flight coming from Fort Lauderdale. It's. Yeah. The drones by halfback those thirty seat operate worried about. It was such sources told. The sightings happened at 3500 feet. Above near might your Borough airport which is in the arrival path to Newark police search from a helicopter as controllers immediately shut down arrivals at new work. Forcing dozens of planes to fly inch circles. At first it that we are going a land and about ten to twelve minutes. And then a few minutes later this green chains and said 52 minutes a plea from Jamaica was minutes away from running out of fuel after was forced to circle around the airport. The pilot pulled controllers asking to land anyway. All right the third leg wouldn't do what do you. The late innings resumed at Newark when cubs found nothing in the sky. A spokesperson for a major road manufacturer says she's skeptical that it was a drone the pilot spotted. Drone that could be the size of a dinner plates or even smaller than that you know if I were driving in a 150 miles an hour I don't think I can spot. It's something the size of a drone sitting by the side of the road and I think it's even harder you that in an airplane. This comes on the heels of the less drone skier in December at London's Gatwick airport. That grounded more than 1000 flights shutting down the airport for two days costing airlines more than sixty million dollars experts say if a drone hits an aircraft. The result could be catastrophic. This demonstration video shows the gimmick that could be done. Police in the FAA are considering the incident at Newark or troll sighting if it was a drone in the person flying it is caught they could be fine 151000 dollars.

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