A man appeared in court, facing allegations of operating a drone in a “critical area” close to Dublin Airport.
By The Headlines, February 10, 2023 | 10:45 PM
A person was recently accused of disrupting aviation operations when a drone was sighted close to Dublin Airport the last month.
Dublin Airport halted flights for the duration of half an hour on Tuesday 24 January evening.
Due to reports of an unidentified drone in the vicinity, two flights were diverted to alternate destinations.
To ensure safety in airspace, it is illegal to operate drones within 5km of an airport.
The authorities in Dublin Airport detained Eric Brills from Holywell Dale, Swords yesterday. This action occurred as part of their investigation into the incident.
The 50-year-old appeared before Dublin District Court this morning charged under the Air Navigation and Transport Act with unlawfully and intentionally interfering with the operation of air navigation facilities at Dublin Airport by operating a drone in the 300-meter critical area which was likely to interfere with the safety of aircraft in flight on the Naul Road in Cloughan on 24 January.
This particular offence is punishable by life imprisonment, with no alternative for a suspended sentence or probation.
Garda Ledwith reported that the accused was unable to give a response when charged.
Despite no objection to bail, the court ordered five conditions for Mr Brills' release - prohibiting drone use in the region, surrendering his passport, and signing into a local Garda station on a weekly basis.
Judge Treasa Kelly decided to release him on bail.
The court was informed that the DPP is yet to provide directions regarding this case. Mr Brills could possibly be charged with additional offences.
He is scheduled to make another court appearance on April 14th.