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Flights disrupted at Heathrow due to Drone sightings

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Flights disrupted at Heathrow due to Drone sightings

Story courtesy of BBC News

Departures at Heathrow have been stopped after a drone was sighted, the airport says.

A Heathrow spokeswoman said the airport was working with police to “prevent any threat to operational safety”.

She said: “As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate. We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause.”

It comes after last month’s disruption at Gatwick Airport after drones were reported.

Flights appeared to be taking off again about half an hour after Heathrow issued the statement, according to the Flightradar24 website.

The Metropolitan Police said they received reports of a drone sighting near Heathrow at about 17:05 GMT.

“As a precautionary measure, Heathrow Airport has stopped departures and officers based at Heathrow are currently investigating the reports with colleagues from Heathrow Airport,” they said. You can read the full story hereΒ Β BBC News

Updates will post here:

18:45(GMT):Β  Flights from the west London airport resumed about an hour after police said a drone had been seen.

A Heathrow spokeswoman had said it was a “precautionary measure” to “prevent any threat to operational safety”.

 

 

 

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