Reported drone sighting halts Heathrow flight departures


Reports of a drone sighting at Heathrow Airport last night caused officials to stop all departures as a precaution.

Authorities were quick to act and resumed departures within an hour without affecting inbound arrival flights.

According to a report from Sky News, Stuart Cundy, Met Police commander, said police officers were among a number of people who saw the drone, and ‘extensive searches’ were being carried out in the Heathrow area to identify who may have been responsible.

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Describing how a full investigation had been launched, he added: “We are deploying significant resources, both in terms of officers and equipment, to monitor the airspace around Heathrow and to quickly detect and disrupt any illegal drone activity.”

It also emerged that the Met had called upon the military to assist with the on-site investigation.

Cundy continued: “Following the sighting, military assistance has been implemented to support us. However, we will not be discussing in any further detail the range of tactics available to us as this would only serve to potentially undermine their effectiveness.”

The incident comes nearly three weeks after drones were suspected of causing major disruption at Gatwick, a reference transport secretary, Chris Grayling MP, alluded to in a statement made last night when confirming the military was “preparing to deploy the equipment used at Gatwick at Heathrow quickly should it prove necessary.”

Yesterday, CDP reported on the transport secretary’s new drone law proposals made in the House of Commons on Monday.

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