Flights grounded at London Heathrow after drone sighting

09 January, 2019, 17:47 | Author: Carlos George
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London's Heathrow Airport says flight departures have been suspended as a precaution after a reported drone sighting.

Heathrow Airport has confirmed that it has grounded all departing flights while it investigates the situation. "We will continue to monitor this and apologise to anyone that were affected". The British military was even called in, despite the fact that no video or still photos were ever captured of the alleged drone.

Travel experts estimate that around 40 flights were delayed in the shutdown, and passengers tweeted their frustration at chaos paralysing yet another United Kingdom airport.

The suspension of takeoffs from Heathrow, one of the world's busiest airports, was announced shortly before 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

The airport is Europe's busiest hub in terms of passenger numbers.

Departures from the west London airport were suspended for about an hour. The airport in West London is the businest in the United Kingdom, as well as being the second businest airport in the world in terms of worldwide passenger traffic.

In 2017 it handled 78.0 million passengers.

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The sighting comes after Gatwick Airport was thrown into chaos before Christmas due to reported sightings of a drone.

Sydney-based Droneshield has been working on technology for the last five years to detect unwelcome drones and bring them down. Earlier, Scotland Yard said that a "full criminal investigation" into the incident had been launched.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said during the incident that he was in contact with the airport about the drone sighting, and had spoken to the home secretary and defence secretary.

More and more people are using drones in Luxembourg for recreational use, but they are also increasingly used in a professional capacity by authorities where different rules apply.

The passenger added that they haven't been given an estimate of what time they should move.

He said: "Quite simply, a drone has the potential of colliding with a plane".


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