Ben Gurion Airport shut down after drone enters its airspace

The Ben-Gurion International Airport was briefly closed for landings and takeoffs late Tuesday night after a multicopter drone had entered its air space.

The UAV was spotted at 11:45 p.m., initiating an immediate shutdown of Ben Gurion’s airspace and delaying all arrivals and departures for 15 minutes, the authority said in a statement.

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Police and security teams were dispatched to find the owner of the drone.

“The phenomenon of drones entering the airport’s airspace is a direct risk to the airplanes and to the safety of air travel,” the statement said.

The incident details were reported to the main investigator in the Transportation Ministry and to the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel.

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