Drone causes chaos at Gatwick Airport

Runway closes and flights diverted thanks to rogue drone

A low-flying drone caused major disruption at Gatwick Airport on Sunday, closing the runway and forcing the authorities to divert five flights.

The airport didn't reveal who was operating the drone, nor the brand nor precise type of drone that was involved in the near-miss, but said the flying machine was sighted twice. One runway closure lasted nine minutes, while another lasted five minutes.

Four of the flights affected were run by EasyJet, while the fifth was operated by British Airways and was diverted to Bournemouth Airport.

EasyJet apologised for the disruption, saying it had no choice but to divert planes to assure the safety of its passengers.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

"EasyJet can confirm that as a result of an earlier runway closure at London Gatwick Airport four flights were diverted. Once refuelled EasyJet plans to continue three flights onto London Gatwick and is arranging coach transfers onto London Gatwick for passengers on flight EZY8832 from Bodrum that diverted to London Southend," A spokesperson told the Metro.

"The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is always EasyJet's highest priority. While the circumstances are outside of our control, easyJet apologises for any inconvenience caused."

Additional flights were instructed to take up a holding position while flight controllers checked for the drone's position.

"Runway operations at Gatwick were suspended between 18:10 BST and 18:19, and again from 18:36 to 18:41, resulting in a small number of go-arounds and diverts," a Gatwick Airport spokesperson told the BBC.

Sussex Police is investigating the incident.

Featured Resources

Digitally perfecting the supply chain

How new technologies are being leveraged to transform the manufacturing supply chain

Download now

Three keys to maximise application migration and modernisation success

Harness the benefits that modernised applications can offer

Download now

Your enterprise cloud solutions guide

Infrastructure designed to meet your company's IT needs for next-generation cloud applications

Download now

The 3 approaches of Breach and Attack Simulation technologies

A guide to the nuances of BAS, helping you stay one step ahead of cyber criminals

Download now
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/operating-systems/25802/17-windows-10-problems-and-how-to-fix-them
operating systems

17 Windows 10 problems - and how to fix them

13 Jan 2020
Visit/business-strategy/mergers-and-acquisitions/354602/xerox-to-nominate-directors-to-hps-board-reports
mergers and acquisitions

Xerox to nominate directors to HP's board – reports

22 Jan 2020
Visit/microsoft-windows/32066/what-to-do-if-youre-still-running-windows-7
Microsoft Windows

What to do if you're still running Windows 7

14 Jan 2020
Visit/web-browser/30394/what-is-http-error-503-and-how-do-you-fix-it
web browser

What is HTTP error 503 and how do you fix it?

7 Jan 2020