Departures halted at London's Heathrow Airport due to drone sighting

Departures halted at London's Heathrow Airport due to drone sighting

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

A spokeswoman for Heathrow said the airport was working with the Metropolitan Police to "prevent any threat to operational safety" and stopped flights "as a precaution".

The rozzers are supposedly investigating the drone appearance, but there's no word on when flights will be back up and running.or should that be flying.

Departures from Heathrow Airport in London have been stopped after a potential drone sighting. Police and airport officials were investigating the reported sighting, which was not confirmed.

Within the last hour flights have resumed at the airport, the busiest in Europe.

And it was announced this week that police would be given new powers to tackle the illegal use of drones.

"An aircraft or helicopter collision with a drone has the potential to be catastrophic and so it's right that Heathrow shut until it was sure flights could take off and land safely again".

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It comes just weeks after drone sightings at Gatwick grounded planes for several days over the Christmas period.

While another, said: 'Sitting on a plane at Heathrow.

Some 81 airlines serving 204 destinations operate out of Heathrow, located west of London. More than 140,000 passengers had their flights disrupted and more than 1,000 flights were affected between December 19th and December 21st 2019.

Locals now get half a day's respite from noise when take-offs and landings switch to the opposite runway at 3pm, but Hacan claims this would be reduced to one third of a day.

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

Police could also fine drone users failing to comply with authorities or present registration to operate a drone up to £100.

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