Dubai Airport was closed for over 40 minutes because an unknown drone was illegally operated in the vicinity of the airport.
Saudi Arabian Airlines flight SV558, an Airbus A330 from Riyadh, was the last flight to land at Dubai Airport at 14:43 hours local time before traffic was halted because of drone activity near the airport. Arriving traffic entered a holding pattern with some flights diverting to Al Maktoum Airport.
The airport was opened again at 15:23 hours.
”These UAVs are strictly prohibited in Dubai air space for any purpose without a prior permit from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority,” the Director-General of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) told local media.
Stuck on a plane cos Dubai Airport closed due to someone illegally flying a drone up and down the runway… M pic.twitter.com/44czD64cS2
— عادل المالكي (@Adel__Almalki) January 23, 2015