Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
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Flights out of London's Heathrow Airport suspended after drone sighting

Flights out of London's Heathrow Airport suspended after drone sighting

Helicopters can be seen hovering over the airport's departure runway with police officers also on the ground.

"It is crucial that our plans maximise the benefits of expansion across the country, including for the communities closest to us", said Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow's Executive Director for Expansion.

It said it is working with police to prevent any threat to operational safety and apologised to passengers "for any inconvenience this may cause".

Flights from London's Heathrow airport were halted on Tuesday after the airport said there had been sightings of a drone flown near Britain's busiest air hub.

It comes just weeks after the Gatwick Airport descended into chaos amid reported drone sightings before Christmas.

Britain's parliament finally approved the expansion of Heathrow past year after decades of delays, although the runway is not expected to be operational until 2026.

The force said "officers based at Heathrow are now investigating the reports with colleagues from (the) airport".

Departures from Heathrow have been suspended after a suspected drone sighting.

Ministers are now exploring the use of military grade jammers and blocking systems to bring down rogue drones, such as the Israeli Drone Dome system reported to have been deployed at Gatwick.

Nadim Baig said it was just his "luck" to have his flight grounded before it was due to take off.

A third wrote: "Grounded at #Heathrow whilst waiting to fly home to Manchester, first officer says flights suspended whilst police investigate possible #drone activity".

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.

"The control tower has no idea when will be allowed to depart. - at Heathrow Airport".

Heathrow recently said it was looking at technology to combat the threat of drones.

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