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Wellington Airport closes briefly after drone spotted near runway

November 12, 2018 / Airport Technology

The drone was reportedly spotted by a plane approaching the airport site at a height of 600ft, around 3km from the end of the runway in the Evans Bay area.The country’s air traffic service provider Airways stated that the drone was operating in controlled airspace, radionz.co.nz reported.Airways air traffic services general manager Tim Boyle said: “It is very dangerous to be flying a drone that close to an aerodrome, within 3km and at that sort of level it’s exactly where aircraft on approach are going to be and if you can imagine an aircraft on final approach hitting an object that size, the results could be quite catastrophic.