Again, the take-offs and landings are halted at London’s Gatwick airport. The reason is a “suspected drone sighting,” as a spokeswoman for the Airport said. “While this is investigated, we suspended as a precaution, the flights.” The aircraft had been discovered at 17.10 local time. After targeted drones-interfering actions had placed the London Gatwick airport 36 hours lame, he had been on Friday morning, re-opened.
Gatwick is investigating reports of a drone sighting. As a precaution we have suspended airfield operations. More to follow.
— Gatwick Airport LGW (@Gatwick_Airport) 21. December 2018,
The British authorities have not been able to catch the perp yet. Steve Barry of the police of Sussex told the BBC that “persons of interest” – suspicious person in the course of the investigations identified. The police had no knowledge about the motives. Also, no one had been interviewed or arrested.
At noon, had the investigators, according to transport Minister Chris Grayling is still not a hot track. “The police have strands of a number of Investigation and there is speculation that it could be a Protest of environmentalists, but we do not really know,” said Grayling on BBC Radio. Evidence of a terrorist Background, it does not give. Nevertheless, he called for long prison sentences for the perpetrators.
so Far, 150,000 people before Christmas
affected On Friday morning, the flight was operating was resumed, but around 25,000 travelers were affected by flight cancellations. 837 scheduled flights 155 were at least. Passengers were asked to inform themselves before arrival to Gatwick at your Airline, if your flight takes place. Overall, the travel plans of around 150,000 people were thwarted by the disruptive actions.
The safety is now ensured by the defensive measures of the military, said Gatwick-operating Director Chris Woodroofe of the BBC. To the resources of the army, should not he give the price. He could not, however, exclude the possibility that there would be further disruption in flight operations. About 40 Times the drones had been spotted previously on the airport. It is according to the police, drones for professional use.
Since Wednesday evening, was in Gatwick, apart from a three-quarter hour break, not one more plane landed or launched. Incoming machines had to be diverted and in part hundreds of kilometres away, and Airports such as Amsterdam and Paris. The forces were able to protect the interference in spite of a large police operation, with helicopters, sniper-and the special of the army not bind initially.
The Downing of the drone was only a “tactical Option” considered. The danger from misdirected projectiles was too great, said transport Minister Grayling. “You can’t just fire random weapons in a built up area of the airport. This would have consequences if it went wrong,” said Grayling.
With more than 45 million passengers in the past year, Gatwick is the seventh largest airport in the EU and the second largest in the UK, behind the Europe-wide leader London-Heathrow.