Heathrow airport departures suspended after drone sighting


All flights out of the UK’s busiest airport, London’s Heathrow, were briefly suspended after a reported drone sighting, just weeks after a similar report at Gatwick grounded about 1,000 flights.

A spokesperson for Heathrow said: “We are currently responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow and are working closely with the Met police to prevent any threat to operational safety.

“As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate. We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause.”

Passengers, who were grounded reported a police helicopter joined in the hunt for the drone

Transport Minister Chris Grayling immediately issued a statement saying “Military are preparing to deploy anti-drone equipment at Heathrow should it prove necessary” after the government were lambasted for a delayed response dealing with the Gatwick Airport drone sighting.