Heathrow Airport says suspending departures after drone sighting

Roman Schwartz
January 9, 2019

Flights out of Heathrow have since resumed, however, departures were halted on Tuesday for about an hour as crews and police investigated the reported sighting at the airport.

"As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate", it said.

"We are in contact with Heathrow Airport concerning the drone sighting", he said.

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

With travelers and United Kingdom authorities still reeling from the incident a few weeks ago involving drones spotted deliberately flying close to Gatwick airport, the country's second busiest, travelers find themselves stranded and planes grounded in part of the United Kingdom due to a drone sighting. New areas of London would be brought under Heathrow flight paths for the first time.

'We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause'.

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A senior detective also said at one point it was possible drones hadn't flown over the airport, sowing confusion, but police later insisted the drone sightings were authentic.

The alleged sighting came four days after both Heathrow and Gatwick airports reported they were investing millions of pounds in equipment to prevent future flight disruption.

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.

A Heathrow spokesman said airport staff were continuing to monitor the situation.

And it was announced this week that police would be given new powers to tackle the illegal use of drones. It hosts 81 airlines that fly to 204 destinations in 85 countries, and its most popular destination is NY.

More than 140,000 passengers at Gatwick were affected during 36 hours of chaos between 19 and 21 December. Exclusion zones are now one kilometre around airports and will be extended to five kilometres.

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