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Heathrow DRONE chaos: Is YOUR flight cancelled? What's happening at Heathrow?

January 8, 2019 5:55 PM
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Heathrow DRONE chaos: Is YOUR flight cancelled? What's happening at Heathrow?

HEATHROW AIRPORT have suspended flights following reported drone sightings, but is your flight cancelled? What is happening at Heathrow Airport?

Flights from London's Heathrow airport were halted on Tuesday after the airport said there had been sightings of a drone flown near Britain's busiest air hub. A statement from Heathrow Airport said: "We are responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow and are working closely with the Met Police to prevent any threat to operational safety. "As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate.

A spokeswoman from the Metropolitan Police said they were called at just after 5pm to "reports of a sighting of a drone in the vicinity of Heathrow Airport".

"As a precautionary measure, Heathrow Airport has stopped departures and officers based at Heathrow are currently investigating the reports with colleagues from Heathrow Airport," she added.

Many passengers took to Twitter to convey their disbelief that a drone sighting was once again causing disruptions, with many passengers stuck on the runway.

One person tweeted: "Lucky to land just now after Heathrow Airport flights grounded after drone sighting."

ITV reporter Sarah Rogers tweeted: "Grounded at #Heathrow whilst waiting to fly home to Manchester, first officer says flights suspended whilst police investigate possible #drone activity..."

This comes a month after chaos at Gatwick airport when drones were reported and around 1,000 flights grounded or diverted.

Gatwick, London's second busiest airport, was severely disrupted when drones were sighted on three consecutive days in December, affecting 140,000 passengers.


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