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Drone owner fined €3,900 for Lisbon flight disruption

Published on 08/02/2019

The owner of a drone that caused the diversion of aircraft from Lisbon airport has been fined €3,900.

The incident occurred on August 20, 2018 and “led to a shutdown of the operation for eight minutes due to the closure of air traffic.”

The offender has been notified of ANAC’s decision as its regulations prohibit the flight of drones above 120 metres and in the approach and take-off areas of airports.

The National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) imposed the fine on the owner of the drone that ended up on the runway and was handed over to the authorities.

The next day, the police identified and accused the drone owner of a violation. The accused is a professional photographer who was doing work for a real estate company when he lost control of the device.

ANAC reported that in 2018, there were 53 drone incidents near national airports, almost as many as between 2013 and 2017, during which there were 59 occurrences.

The decree-law mandating the registration of drones and their insurance took effect on July 28, 2018, but to date the electronic registration platform is not yet available.