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Newark International Airport suspends flight after drone sightings

Newark International Airport in New Jersey was forced to suspend flights after two drones were spotted near to the runway.

One of the drones came within 30 feet of an aircraft, according to one pilot, whose comments prompted the decision to close Newark International as a precaution.

In a statement, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) explained: "At approximately 5pm, we received two reports from incoming flights into Newark that a drone was sighted at about 3,500ft above Teterboro, New Jersey.

"At that point, flights arriving into Newark were held for a short duration. Since then, and with no further drone sightings, arrivals have been resumed.

"However, we still have a ground stop in place at other airports departing for Newark until a backlog of arrivals can be cleared. We expect that to be lifted soon."

United Airlines - which uses Newark as a hub - said that despite the frustration, the disruption caused by the drones has been "minimal".

The company explained: "The impact to our operations has been minimal so far. We are working closely with the airport and the FAA to return our operations to normal as quickly as possible."

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