Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Money | By Bruce West

Flights grounded at London Heathrow after drone sighting

Flights grounded at London Heathrow after drone sighting

The incident comes just one day after the Government announced that police and airports will be given new powers to shoot down, catch and jam drones in a bid to prevent a repeat of the chaos that plagued Gatwick over the Christmas period.

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

Departures from Heathrow Airport in London have been stopped after a potential drone sighting.

A statement by British Transport Secretary Chris Grayling indicated that anti-drone equipment had not yet been put in place at Heathrow.

On December 21st, 2018, Gatwick Airport issued a similar tweet, saying it was "investigating reports of a drone sighting". "They've only given us one update to say it was because of drone activity in departures", one passenger said, adding that they have not been given an estimate to when they can depart. Departing flights were temporarily grounded there Tuesday after a report of a drone sighting.

Arriving planes, however, are continuing to land at Heathrow.

The disruption resulted in about 1,000 flights being cancelled or diverting and affecting 140,000 passengers.

British officials used sophisticated military gear to get Gatwick back in operation, and aviation authorities said that equipment could be deployed at other British airports to deter drone intrusions.

Heathrow Airport is a crossroads for the world, serving 78 million passengers in 2017.

The airport said the decision has been taken as a precautionary measure.

Following the end to the initial drone-related disturbance at Gatwick, Security Minister Ben Wallace said: "I can say that we are able to now deploy detection systems throughout the United Kingdom to combat this threat".

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.

The drone operator wasn't caught.

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