Rogue Drone Halts Pittsburgh Airport in Its Tracks

In a recent incident that raised safety concerns at Pittsburgh International , a rogue drone prompted a brief interruption of ground operations. The sudden appearance of this unauthorized drone triggered a precautionary halt to all ground movement, throwing a spanner into the regular airport activities.

Bob Kerlik, the spokesperson for the airport, confirmed that the airport's air traffic control tower responded swiftly to the drone sighting on Monday, initiating a ground stoppage as a safety measure. This unexpected pause lasted approximately 30 minutes from the moment the drone was spotted, ending close to noon when the situation was deemed under control.

“Drones can pose safety risks to aviation and unauthorized operators in protected airspace can be fined or face charges,” warned Kerlik, emphasizing the potential hazards of unregulated drone activities in secured airspace. He also assured that despite this hiccup, the airport terminals' operations remained undisturbed.

The law enforcement agencies are currently investigating the drone incident, striving to prevent similar occurrences in the future. This episode underscores the importance of maintaining secure airspace around airports and the potential ramifications of unauthorized drone use.

Photo courtesy of Billy Kyle.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

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