London’s Gatwick airport shut down over drone sighting
All inbound and outbound flights at London’s Gatwick airport have been suspended after drones were seen in its airspace, airport authorities have confirmed.
The flights have been suspended after two drones were sighted near the runway at around 21.03, the airport said in a statement. The initial report was followed by “multiple reports of sightings” through the night, prompting a joint investigation by the Gatwick officials and Sussex Police.
A police helicopter was dispatched to track down the vehicle and its operator, so far without success.
The second-busiest airport in the UK has had to divert flights to Stansted, Luton and Heathrow.
#GatwickAirport BREAKING: All inbound flights to #London#Gatwick are currently holding and there are no departures. There are reports of a drone in the vicinity of the runway. Some aircraft in the hold pattern are opting to divert to alternative airports. @FlightAlerts_pic.twitter.com/DL1jgoEEAM— London 999 Feed (@999London) December 19, 2018
The airport has advised anyone traveling on Wednesday or Thursday to check their flight status first, implying that the closure would last beyond Wednesday evening.
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