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Drone disrupts air traffic at Niagara Falls Airport

A plane landing at the Niagara Falls Airport was forced to take evasive action this past weekend to avoid collision with a drone, according to a Niagara County sheriff report released on Tuesday.

The sheriff department was dispatched to investigate the report of a drone in the area of Shawnee and Slusaric road in Wheatfield at 11:11 p.m. Friday. The unidentified flying object was described as a possibly a quadcopter.

A Niagara Falls Air Traffic Controller called 911 to report that one of the planes approaching the airport for a landing was forced to make an evasive maneuver to avoid a collision with the unidentified flying object, which was observed approximately five miles due east of the runway in the area of Errick and Nash roads.

Deputies were asked to make future checks in the Nash Road area in an attempt to locate the suspected pilot of the drone.