Flight crews spot drone near Newark airport

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says crews on four commercial flights spotted a drone while prepping for landing at Newark Liberty International Airport over the weekend.

NJ.com reports none of the pilots were required to make evasive maneuvers as a result of Sunday's drone sighting. The planes were between 2,000 and 3,000 feet in the air and eight to 13 miles away from the airport.

The FAA says it has received a significant increase in reports of drones flying nearby planes as they have become a more popular item.

The FAA says flying a drone "anywhere near" an airplane can bring criminal charges and fines up to $25,000.