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Britain expands airport drone no-fly zones

AFP  |  London 

Britain on Wednesday expanded the no-fly zones around airports in response to a spate of drone sightings that temporarily shut down some of London's biggest hubs.

The new law extends the radius around which drone flights are not permitted to five kilometres (three miles) from one kilometre.

said penalities will range "from significant fines to a life sentence".

Existing rules ban all drone flights above 122 metres (400 feet) and within 50 metres of buildings and people.

Several reports of drone sightings at during the holiday season sparked the suspension of around 1,000 flights.

Drones were also spotted over the past few weeks around London's Heathrow and in

Those shut down only briefly to conduct security checks.

agency reported that there were 125 near-misses recorded between drones and air planes last year.

It said that just six incidents were recorded in 2014.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 16:41 IST