Drone causes disruption at Gatwick airport

Jul 2, 2017 · bbc.com

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A drone flying close to Gatwick airport led to the closure of the runway and forced five flights to be diverted.

An airport spokesman said the runway had been closed for two periods of nine minutes and five minutes on Sunday evening after the drone was sighted.

Easyjet said four of its flights had been diverted, while British Airways said one plane had been sent to Bournemouth. Other flights had to circle the airport as a precaution. Sussex Police are investigating.

The airport said: "Runway operations at Gatwick were suspended between 18:10 BST and 1819, and again from 1836 to 1841, resulting in a small number of go-arounds and diverts.

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

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