March 2, 2020 / 2:57 PM / in a month

Frankfurt flights suspended twice for drone sightings

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Flights to and from Frankfurt airport, Germany’s largest, had to be suspended twice on Monday after drone sightings.

A spokesman for the operator Fraport said 72 flights had been cancelled and 57 redirected during the two stoppages, which together lasted almost three hours.

Police said they were still looking for the perpetrators and their drones, and criminal proceedings were launched for dangerous interference in air traffic.

“In addition, the perpetrators must expect considerable claims for damages under civil law,” the police added.

In one of the worst air traffic disruptions from drones, reported sightings near London’s Gatwick airport caused chaos for hundreds of thousands of Christmas travellers in December 2018.

Reporting by Tilman Blasshofer and Michael Nienaber; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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