Drone causes disruption at Gatwick airport

Drone causes disruption at Gatwick airport

Drone causes disruption at Gatwick airport

A drone flying close to Gatwick Airport led to the closure of the runway and forced five flights to be diverted, the BBC reports.

A spokesperson for Gatwick Airport is quoted as saying: "Runway operations at Gatwick were suspended between 18:10 BST and 18:19, and again from 18:36 to 18:41, resulting in a small number of go-arounds and diverts.

"Operations have resumed and the police continue to investigate."

The UK Drone Code, updated in November 2016, states:

  • Don’t fly near airports or airfields
  • Remember to stay below 400ft (120m)
  • Observe your drone at all times – stay 150ft (50m) away from people and property
  • Never fly near aircraft
  • Enjoy responsibly

The Civil Aviation Authority told the BBC, “"It is totally unacceptable to fly drones close to airports and anyone flouting the rules can face severe penalties including imprisonment."


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