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Sun Dec 21, 2014, 05:57 AM

Drone spotted over Belgium nuclear plant

Source: Agence France-Presse

An unexplained drone has been spotted flying over a Belgium nuclear facility, a day after one of the plant's reactors came back on line after a four-month closure caused by sabotage.

The mystery appearance by an unmanned aircraft on Saturday, on which Belgian authorities refused to provide much detail, resembles a spate of similar drone sightings over nuclear plants in neighbouring France this autumn.

Around 20 unidentified drones have been spotted over nuclear plants since October throughout France.

"We can confirm that the East Flanders prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into a drone flight over the Doel nuclear plant," a spokesman for the investigation told Belga news agency.

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Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/world/drone-spotted-over-belgium-nuclear-plant-20141221-12blb9.html

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Sun Dec 21, 2014, 09:25 AM

1. Wasn't this reported in France too, several weeks ago? nt

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Response to Mnemosyne (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 21, 2014, 11:18 AM

2. Yes - and they're not toy drones, they are "much more complex and expensive".

Here's a couple of articles from November:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014940742

Mon Nov 10, 2014
French government on high alert after unexplained drone flights over nuclear power stations

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They are not the “toy” drones that can be easily acquired and operated from a smartphone. Up to 400,000 such drones are believed to exist in France. The intruders are something much more complex and expensive – helicopter-like drones with powerful engines capable of flying for dozens of miles.

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http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014935852

Tue Nov 4, 2014, 04:41 AM
Another mystery drone over French nuclear plant

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Authorities are scratching their heads over the number of unidentified drones spotted over nuclear plants across France over the past month, and a probe has been launched to try and find out exactly who is piloting the remote-controlled machines. They have counted at least 15 fly-overs, sparking questions over the security of nuclear plants in France, which relies heavily on atomic energy for electricity.

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Sun Dec 21, 2014, 12:20 PM

3. Thanks, strange goings on. I'm wondering about the Ukraine reactors. What a mess, eh, bananas? nt

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