Drone sighting grounds planes at Heathrow Airport

Jeannie Matthews
January 9, 2019

Heathrow Airport stopped departures following a drone sighting.

In a statement, an airport spokesperson said: "We are now responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow and are working closely with the Met Police to prevent any threat to operational safety".

Just before 6pm local-time, a spokesman for Heathrow Airport said they had stopped departures as a precautionary measure.

Between December 19 and 21, Gatwick was repeatedly forced to close due to reported drone sightings, causing mass disruption to passengers, with about 1,000 flights affected.

The rozzers are supposedly investigating the drone appearance, but there's no word on when flights will be back up and running.or should that be flying.

The airport is planning for an increase in its capacity of up to an extra 25,000 flights a year before the third runway opens, Heathrow said, as it outlined the latest phase of its expansion proposals.

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One frustrated tweeter wrote prior to the re-opening: 'Stuck on the runway at Heathrow because of a drone sighting'.

Flights scheduled to depart from the busiest airport in Britain were temporarily suspended Tuesday amid a reported drone sighting near the runways - less than three weeks after a similar incident in the area caused chaos during the Christmas travel period.

ITV reporter Sarah Rodgers was among those now grounded at Heathrow.

BBC cameraman Martin Roberts, who works with drones, said he was driving on the M25 past Heathrow airport at about 5:45 GMT when he saw what he believes was a drone.

In response to the chaos at Gatwick, Mr Grayling told parliament on Monday that drone exclusion zones around British airports were being extended and operators would have to register.

"I am clear the government is taking action to ensure that passengers have confidence their journeys will not be disrupted in future, aircraft can safely use our key transport hubs and criminals misusing drones can be brought to justice".

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