Flights grounded at Heathrow airport after drone sighting

Dwayne Harmon
January 9, 2019

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

While another, called Alastair, wrote: 'When a piece of remote-controlled plastic can shut down the country's largest airport, it doesn't bode well for our ability to tough out the threatened Brexit nightmare'.

Ross added that he had tried to report the sighting to police.

Flights resumed roughly 90 minutes later.

A Heathrow spokesperson said they were working with police to "prevent any threat to operational safety".

Fresh drone sightings have been reported at Heathrow Airport, with some flights suspended until further notice as an investigation is underway.

Gatwick's closure led to more than 100,000 people being stranded or delayed in the worst ever drone-related disruption at an worldwide airport.

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The person or persons responsible for the Gatwick drones have not been located and no group has claimed responsibility.

The flights were halted at 5:05 pm GMT (12:05 pm ET), and resumed about an hour later.

Heathrow wants to accommodate an extra 25,000 flights per year ahead of the planned opening of a new runway at the airport.

Several passengers stuck at the airport - including those on board aircraft - have also tweeted to confirm that they have been told about the drone sighting.

Transport Minster Chris Grayling said the military are "preparing to deploy equipment used at Gatwick should it prove necessary". Departing flights were temporarily grounded there Tuesday after a report of a drone sighting.

Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow's executive director for expansion, said the airport was committed to delivering the third runway scheme responsibly and urged local residents to have their say. It hosts 81 airlines that fly to 204 destinations in 85 countries, and its most popular destination is NY.

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