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Mysterious Object Narrowly Misses Plane on Approach

Reykjavík district police have no leads yet on why gas-filled balloons appeared in the flightpath for the domestic airport yesterday lunchtime; causing danger to landing planes. At least one of the balloons had an unidentified foreign object hanging from it.

The pilot of a plane coming in to land around midday clearly saw the balloons and a collision with them was narrowly avoided. Air Traffic Control saw the objects as well and reported the case to the police.

“The main case is the foreign object,” says Guðni Sigurðsson, of the national airport and air navigation service provider, Isavia. “According to the information I have, it was about a 50 centimeter tall and 10 centimeter wide tube. It climbed quite slowly, indicating that it was carrying some weight. When that sort of foreign body could hit an airplane, all warning alarms go off,” Guðni says—adding that the rules are extremely clear: flying objects near airports is strongly prohibited.

It is believed the balloons were released in central Reykjavík, possibly in the Hljómskálagarðurinn park.

Reykjavík district police officer Hákon Sigurjónsson says that no leads have yet come to light in the case. Anyone with information is asked to urgently contact the police, RÚV reports.

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