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    Airspace over Riga Airport closed over lost drone

    RIGA, May 3 (LETA) - The airspace over Riga International Airport has been closed due to a lost and possibly still uncontrolled drone flying in Latvian airspace, Minister of Transport Talis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) announced today.

    The airport's spokeswoman Laura Karnite told LETA that because of the closure of the airspace, a flight from the Chinese city of Urumqi to Riga was forced to land at Tallinn Airport.

    During a controlled test flight on Saturday, communication with an unmanned aerial vehicle owned by drone manufacturer SIA UAVFactory was lost. The company's representative, Jevgenijs Sinikovs, confirmed that the aircraft can fly for up to 90 hours, and added that its gliding in orbit depends on the wind.

    The drone in question is about 3.5 meters wide and 5.5 meters long, but weighs about 26 kilograms. The speed of the drone's flight could be about 70 kilometers per hour.

    The rescue services, the National Armed Forces and the Minister of Transport are informed of the incident.

    • Published: 03.05.2020 17:24
    • Davis Sprogis, LETA
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