Panic in the sky of Madrid airport
Exceptionally, the airspace around Madrid-Barajas airport was closed from 11:20 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2020.
Why Madrid sky was closed
And yes, the new modern toy has struck: drones were flying over Madrid biggest airport.
This is recalled the completely prohibited, the risk in Spain is a fine of up to 90,000 euros, enough to think about, except for some apparently (source EASA - aviation safety).
After reports by airline pilots as to the presence of these vehicles near the runways, the Ministry of Transport decided to close the airspace until the runway surroundings were verified.
But where did the planes stranded in the sky land ?
Some planes could have stood in the muddle of the Madrid sky (see the screenshot of the flightaware site at the bottom of the page with the return to normal at 3:00 p.m.), but those in need of fuel had to be diverted to Valencia, damn surprise for travelers.
But other closer airports have been used to accommodate the poor diverted passengers.
Has it ever happened before the closure of an airport
Well yes, we think especially of London Airport (Gatwick), but there it was not the same story, it lasted several days and impacted between 1000 and 1500 flights.
And still for the same reason, drones near the airport.