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Drones lay flights London-Gatwick since yesterday evening lamb, more than a hundred thousand passengers affected

At the British airport, Gatwick airport, since yesterday night, the traffic is largely quiet, after repeated reports that there are drones in the vicinity of th

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Drones lay flights London-Gatwick since yesterday evening lamb, more than a hundred thousand passengers affected
At the British airport, Gatwick airport, since yesterday night, the traffic is largely quiet, after repeated reports that there are drones in the vicinity of the airport flew. Aircraft already on the runway were on the ground and incoming flights have to divert to other airports. According to the airport 115.000 passengers on 760 flights affected.

last Night around 3 am local time, the air traffic control the airspace. Three minutes later it was again closed, because there are new reports about drones had entered. Around 12.30 pm Belgian time, it was the airport still close. General manager Chris Woodroofe of Gatwick could not yet say when the traffic is resumed. He also cautioned us to ensure that if the air traffic corridor, the airport for at least 24 hours affected by the closure will be experiencing.

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According to the website Flightradar24 were alone in the first part of the night more than fifty flights redirected. They had to divert to airports in Great Britain, but also to Amsterdam, Paris and Bordeaux. Gatwick airport, 50 kilometres from London, with 45 million passengers per year after Heathrow the busiest airport from Great Britain.

The police and the airport authorities speak about multiple sightings of drones. More than twenty police units are looking for the owner of the flying objects. According to Woodroofe, the police, the drones are not shot down out of fear for the risk of stray bullets. The police do not think that it is a terrorist action.

According to the British law, it is illegal to drones to fly within 1 km of an airport. The violation is a maximum of 5 years imprisonment.

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