Newark Airport briefly halts arrivals following drone sighting

January 22, 2019 - 5:46 pm

NEWARK (1010 WINS) -- The FAA stopped all arrivals into Newark Liberty International Airport after 5 p.m. for a brief period of time, after two drones were detected at 3,500 feet near Teterboro airport, the FAA has confirmed to 1010 WINS. 

But it took awhile for operations to resume normally, with the FAA saying a backlog of flights happened following the halt. 

Shortly after 7 p.m., the airport tweeted, "Normal #EWR operations have resumed after arrivals were briefly held by the FAA due to reports of drone activity north of the airport earlier this evening. We’re coordinating with the FAA & fully supporting all federal law enforcement authorities as they investigate this incident."

One airborne passenger tweeted, "I am currently circling over Richmond, VA because some numbskull (trying to keep this PG) is flying a drone over Newark Airport. I can’t express enough how stupid I think drones are. Shoot the thing down for all I care. Jam the signal."