Police working to trace operator of drone spotted near Edinburgh Airport

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Police are trying to track a drone operator after a device was spotted by plane crews coming in to land at Edinburgh Airport.

The drone was spotted between 7pm and 7:30pm on Monday night, close to the busy airport’s flight path.

A number of flights reported sightings of the drone at various heights, with the device believed to be somewhere in the Polbeth or East Livingston areas.

Inspector David Fyvie said: “At this time we are still trying to establish if the drone has entered restricted airspace and whether any offences have been committed.

“However, as aircraft spotted this device on their descent, we must conduct a thorough investigation and I would urge anyone who can assist with these inquiries to come forward.

“I’d also like to remind drone pilots of the importance of responsible flying, particularly around airports and the inbound and outbound flight paths.

“If you have any questions about how and where to fly a drone safely, please contact the Civil Aviation Authority.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting incident number 3266 of May 6.

Earlier this year, it was reported that a drone came close to crashing into a Loganair flight arriving at Glasgow Airport in November 2018.

And Gatwick Airport was closed in the run up to Christmas by drone sightings.

Strict regulations prohibit the flying of the devices near airports in the UK due to the safety hazards they cause.