Drone sighting sparks delays at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport

Operations at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport are back to normal after a reported drone sighting delayed arriving flights. 

The Federal Aviation Administration told USA TODAY Tuesday evening that they received two reports around 5 p.m. from incoming flights of a drone “about 3500 feet above Teterboro, New Jersey,” which is a little more than 15 miles north of the airport. 

“At that point, flights arriving into Newark were held for a short duration,” an FAA spokesperson said in a statement. “With no further drone sightings, arrivals resumed.”

The airport’s official Twitter page informed travelers of the delay, adding they are “coordinating with the FAA & fully supporting all federal law enforcement authorities as they investigate this incident.” Newark reported a delay averaging 55 minutes for arrivals. 

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