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30. 04. 10. - 12:45

Kites cause air traffic havoc at VIA

Dozens of passenger planes had to be diverted from Vienna International Airport (VIA) after a Lower Austrian flew three kites 700 metres above the ground yesterday (Thurs).

Vienna police said today one of Vienna VIAs runways had to be closed for 30 minutes and 50 planes redirected after Austro Control aviation surveillance officials at the airport spotted the three "unidentified flying objects".

A police helicopter tracked down the 48-year-old man who had been flying the kites at the capitals Prater park with an infrared search device.

Austro Control decided not to press charges against the man.

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