Flights grounded at London Heathrow after drone sighting

Irving Hamilton
January 8, 2019

David Zuelke wrote: 'Sitting on plane on runway at Heathrow Airport.

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".

A spokesperson from the airport confirmed that a drone was sighted near or within the airport, prompting the precautionary suspension of departure flights. "We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause".

Outgoing flights were briefly grounded at Britain's largest airport, London Heathrow, following reports of a drone sighting.

Heathrow and Gatwick responded by ordering military-grade anti-drone defences worth "several million pounds".

Arriving planes, however, are continuing to land at Heathrow. Drones were reportedly spotted at the airport 67 times and authorities detained and released two suspects following investigations.

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Important safety proposals being taken forward include better protection for our airports by significantly extending the area around airports and runways in which drones are banned from being flown.

It added that "officers based at Heathrow are now investigating", along with colleagues from the airport. More than 140,000 passengers had their flights disrupted and more than 1,000 flights were affected between December 19th and December 21st 2019.

The government's tonight said the military are preapred to depoy the same anti drone equipment that finally brought an end to the Gatwick chaos.

Under new rules announced earlier on Tuesday, drones will have to stay further away from airports. Exclusion zones are now one kilometre around airports and will be extended to five kilometres.

Drone users can be fined or even jailed if they fly a drone within these zones.

From November 30 this year, operators of drones weighing between 250g and 20kg will also have to register and take an online pilot competency test.

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