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Tuesday 16 May 2023

Drone sighting shuts down major airport

Drones can be hugely useful work tools, and a lot of fun for leisure operators.

But they can also be a threat to aviation when operated close to an airport.

Operations at Gatwick Airport were disrupted over the weekend when a suspected drone was seen close to the runways.

A spokesman for the international airport outside London said operations were suspended temporarily for around 30 minutes to ensure no aircraft were affected.

He said 12 inbound aircraft were diverted to other airports during the incident.

Gatwick was previously shut down for over 24 hours after drone sightings in 2018, local media reported.

"Passenger safety is the airport's absolute priority and - following established procedures - operations at London Gatwick were suspended temporarily while investigations into the sighting of a suspected drone close to the airfield took place," an airport spokesman said.

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