Heathrow Airport briefly stops departures
London police said that they received a report of a drone sighting around 5 p.m. local
LONDON — Flights departing from Britain’s busiest airport were briefly suspended on Tuesday evening following a report of a drone sighting.
Heathrow Airport tweeted that it had stopped outgoing flights “as a precautionary measure” and was “working closely with the Met Police to prevent any threat to operational safety.”
London’s Metropolitan Police said that they received a report of a drone sighting near Heathrow just after 5 p.m local time.
By 7 p.m., Heathrow tweeted that departures had resumed.
On Tuesday, the British government announced that police would be given new powers to land and search drones. The government will also extend drone exclusion zones around airports.
Those measures came in response to earlier drone sightings that shut down Gatwick Passengers collect luggage at London Heathrow Airport on Dec. 19. Heathrow officials say flight departures were suspended Tuesday as a precaution.
airport before Christmas, causing disruption for more than 120,000 passengers.
Police haven’t charged anyone in relation to that incident. A couple were arrested, but they weren’t charged.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling told parliament that the Gatwick disruption was “deliberate, irresponsible and
calculated, as well as illegal.”
A drone can seriously damage to an aircraft. When a drone hit a passenger plane over Quebec City last year, the plane landed safely, but officials said a different point of impact could have been devastating.
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