Suspect arrested in Dublin Airport drone incident

Remember this story we covered a few days ago about a drone idiot (or a number of them since this happened multiple times) who flew his drone into the airfield at Dublin Airport in Ireland, forcing air traffic to be diverted to alternative destinations?

Well; it seems law enforcement authorities in the country were not amused by this at all; so much that they already have a suspect in custody over this.

RTE News yesterday reported that a man in his sixties was arrested on suspicion of flying a drone over Dublin Airport at the end of last month.

A drone was recovered for technical examination.

Dublin Airport has had to be temporarily shut down four times between 24 January and 6 February this year, including last Friday, Saturday and Monday, because of illegal drone activity in the airport vicinity.

It is illegal to fly drones within 5km of the airport.

Airport authorities said flight operations were suspended by up to 45 minutes for all the four disturbances, which resulted in planes being diverted and the plans of thousands of passengers being disrupted because of the dangers posed by the drones.

“Detectives based at Dublin Airport have been investigating drone activity which has led to the temporary closure of the airport and the diversion of flights,” the RTE report read.

Apparently, the law offender overlooked the fact that Dublin Airport might have in their possession security systems that can track the flight path of the drones and indicate where they take off and land from.

“At around 6pm yesterday evening, Gardaí (the Irish Police Service) arrested a man in his 60s on suspicion of flying a drone near the airport on one of the four occasions, 24 January this year.

“He was arrested on suspicion of endangerment contrary to the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act. The man is being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act at Dublin Airport Garda Station and can be questioned for up to 24 hours.”

The police say the investigations into the matter are continuing.


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