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Gatwick Airport: Drone observations stop flying

Image textsPassengers stranded at Gatwick were waiting for updates about their travel options Flight at Gatwick Airport was suspended among reports that two drones fled across the airfield. The track was closed for almost six hours after the devices had been seen nearby on Wednesday night. Flights were landed and incoming plans were diverted elsewhere. Passengers have been warned that interruptions could continue on Thursday. The airport advised those who went to Gatwick to travel or gather relatives to check the status of their flight. A spokesman apologize for any inconvenience and said that Sussex Police worked with Gatwick's staff to investigate drone observations. According to the airport, the drones were first seen at 21 :03 GMT on Wednesday, followed by "multiple reports" of observations. captionsThose who expect to travel from Gatwick on Thursday have been advised to check with their airline Kasia Jaworska told the BBC that she had traveled from Glasgow to Gatwick with her boyfriend when her flight was routed to Luton. After spending about two hours on the plane, she said that the couple was taken on a bus to Gatwick Ms. Jaworska said it was "weird" that two drones had led to the airport being closed. "You would imagine there would be better security in place and emergency action for such a thing," she said. captionsKasia Jaworska was to fly to Istanbul On social media, passengers spoke of flights routed to other British airports, including London Heathrow, Luton and Manchester. Rashna Havewalla said that she…

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Passengers stranded at Gatwick were waiting for updates about their travel options

Flight at Gatwick Airport was suspended among reports that two drones fled across the airfield.

The track was closed for almost six hours after the devices had been seen nearby on Wednesday night. Flights were landed and incoming plans were diverted elsewhere.

Passengers have been warned that interruptions could continue on Thursday.

The airport advised those who went to Gatwick to travel or gather relatives to check the status of their flight.

A spokesman apologize for any inconvenience and said that Sussex Police worked with Gatwick’s staff to investigate drone observations.

According to the airport, the drones were first seen at 21

:03 GMT on Wednesday, followed by “multiple reports” of observations.

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Those who expect to travel from Gatwick on Thursday have been advised to check with their airline

Kasia Jaworska told the BBC that she had traveled from Glasgow to Gatwick with her boyfriend when her flight was routed to Luton.

After spending about two hours on the plane, she said that the couple was taken on a bus to Gatwick

Ms. Jaworska said it was “weird” that two drones had led to the airport being closed.

“You would imagine there would be better security in place and emergency action for such a thing,” she said.

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Kasia Jaworska was to fly to Istanbul

On social media, passengers spoke of flights routed to other British airports, including London Heathrow, Luton and Manchester.

Rashna Havewalla said that she and her fellow travelers sat and waited inside their aircraft in Manchester.

Drones and airports

The law states:

  • It is illegal to fly a drone within 1km of an airport or airport limit
  • Fly over 400ft (120m) – which increases the risk of collision with a manned airplane – is even illegal
  • Violation of the safety of an aircraft is a crime that could be a prison sentence in five years

Source: dronesafe.uk

Richard Hargreave’s relieves were redirected to Birmingham with those on board waiting to fly back to Gatwick.

Honor Ireland said her flight had ended in Stansted, but her car was parked in Gatwick.

Gatwick Airport said the airlines “work to provide affected people with hotel rooms n” or provide alternative travel options.


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