Madrid / Monday, three. The Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez airport woke up under a thick fog, was closed for two hours due to the presence of a drone that forced to divert 26 flights and then prepared to face an emergency landing, that of an Air-Canada plane , with almost 150 people on board, which for almost five hours burned fuel flying over Madrid, Cuenca and Toledo. The Boeing 767-300 landed successfully after 7:00 p.m.
The airport’s airspace was closed to traffic at 1:00 p.m. local time, after the air navigation manager, Enaire, warned of the possible presence of drones, on a day already complicated for air traffic due to the intense fog with the one that woke up the Madrid airfield.
In Spain, it is not allowed to fly drones within 8 kilometers of an airport area and the penalties vary depending on whether the person who pilots them carries out commercial activity or has aeronautical knowledge: if he has them he can reach 4.5 million euros and if not, up to 225,000 euros.
The fact is that because of the drone, a total of 26 flights, coming from Miami, Brussels, London and Mexico City, among other geographical points could not enter the Adolfo Suárez and had to be diverted to other airports such as those in Valencia , Barcelona, Valladolid, Alicante-Elche, Zaragoza, or Santiago de Compostela.
The closure of today in Barajas joins those previously lived in other airports in the world. Drones have become a new element of security concern, following attacks at the British airports of Heathrow and Gatwick, the US airport in Newark or Ben Gurion, in Israel.
One of the most serious episodes was in the days before Christmas 2018, in the vicinity of the London Gatwick Airport – the second most important in the United Kingdom – as it caused the closure of the facilities for more than a day, with close of 1,000 canceled flights and more than 140,000 people affected.
The emergency landing of the Boeing 767-300 of Air-Canada
After 19:00 local time in Spain, the commander of the AK937 of the Boeing 767-300 of Air Canada, bound for Toronto (Canada,) successfully completed the emergency landing at the airport, after almost five hours burning fuel over the airspace south of Madrid, Cuenca and Toledo.
Around 2:30 p.m., many locals bought in surprise as the plane flew excessively under the capital of Spain. At that time he had just taken off and in doing so he lost some parts of the landing gear that entered the left engine so his commander decided to return.
Madrid then activated the security device and at least six endowments from the Community and as many from the City Council were moved to the airport, as well as health personnel from the municipal and regional emergency service (Samur and Summa).
Before landing, an F-18 fighter of the Air Force checked the exterior state of the aircraft, following the request made by the civil and military airspace coordination center.
After burning enough fuel, the plane with all its passage landed without incident after 7:00 pm on Monday. (February 3, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)
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