This Monday, a drone landed on the runway at Lisbon airport after being spotted while flying over the airspace of the airport. The incident forced the airline to stop the operations for eight minutes.
"ANA Aeroportos de Portugal confirms the incident that led to an interruption of the operation for eight minutes due to the closure of traffic, the drone was found on the runway and handed over to the authorities," said a response from the airport director to the airport. agency Lusa, but the company denies that the incident "had an impact on airport operations".
The warning about a drone "hitting the airspace of the airport" was made Monday at 4.45 pm, confirms the Metropolitan Command of Lisbon (Cometlis) from PSP to Lusa. The device would fall "within the circumference of the airport".
The device was confiscated by the police and the situation was reported to the Public Prosecution Service. The airspace invasion is considered a crime of "attacking the safety of air, water or rail transport", which can lead to a maximum term of 10 years in prison. However, no detainees were identified and no interveners were identified.
ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal also reported the situation to the National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) – the sector regulator – and to the Office for Prevention and Investigation of Accidents with Aircraft and Railway Accidents.
According to NAV Portugal, responsible for air traffic management, there was also a second device that eventually could no longer be observed.
Last Thursday a drone stopped for about forty minutes at the Francisco Sá Carneiro airport in Porto. The device was observed at 1,675 meters altitude.