Drone sighting forces flights to divert at Gatwick

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 3, 2017

The airport said the incident had resulted in a "number of diverts", with some passengers heading to Bournemouth and others Stansted Airport.

"The safety and well-being of our passengers and crew is always easyJet's highest priority".

At least two flights from Gatwick were diverted and its runway was closed after a drone flew too close to the airport in southern England.

While some planes had to circle the airport, Niamh Slatter, from Sussex, told the BBC that her BA flight from Valencia was diverted to Bournemouth. "Then, shortly after, they said it was a drone".

The runway, which was reopened, is now believed to be operating as usual while the airport authorities investigate.

Mr Jenkins added that those onboard were being given a choice between waiting for an hour and flying back to Gatwick or getting off.

A spokesman for Gatwick Airport told the Standard: "Due to reports of a drone operation in the vicinity of the airfield runway operations were suspended between 6.10pm and 6.19pm and again from 6.36pm to 6.41pm, resulting in a small number of go-arounds and diverts".

"Once refuelled EasyJet plans to continue these flights onto London Gatwick".

"While the circumstances are outside of our control, easyJet apologises for any inconvenience caused".

Last month, an airline pilot was forced to take evasive action after a drone came within 20 metres of his plane as he came in to land in Edinburgh.

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