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Drone report near busy East Coast airport forces delays across the country

Newark airport briefly halted flights Tuesday
Posted at 11:34 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 02:55:26-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Two commercial jet pilots reported a drone in the skies above Newark New Jersey Tuesday which prompted several flights to circle while authorities searched the drone and the operator.

The scare happened at Newark Liberty International Airport as the two jets were coming in for a landing.

Several jets were forced to circle the skies near the airport as officials searched for the drone.

"The Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems did a statewide survey this past summer, and the number one concern was a drone flying into an airliner and getting sucked into an engine cause the first major airline disaster," said Dr. Chris Wallach, the director of the FAA-Designated Nevada Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Site during a Nov. 2018 interview.

13 Action News reported on a close call involving a tour helicopter and a reported drone in Nov. 2018.

Nevada has been selected as a test site for additional drone training.

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