6 Nov 2017

Drone 'interfered' with Auckland flight

9:55 am on 6 November 2017

A drone flying at 300 metres has interfered with a flight arriving at Auckland Airport, police say.

Passengers wait for their flights at Auckland Airport.

Passengers at Auckland Airport (file photo). Photo: 123RF

The incident prompted a warning from police over civil aviation regulations on drones.

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They said the incident happened about 9pm yesterday. It was followed by a second incident, about 40 minutes later, involving another drone flying at a height of more than 200m.

Police issued a warning reminding drone operators of civil aviation rules, which state drones are not to be flown at night, must not go higher than 120m and must have air-traffic control permission to fly in a controlled airspace.

Police have refused to give further information about last night's incidents.

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