Drone sighting grounds planes at Heathrow Airport

Now that every US carrier has retired its 747s if you want to fly one your best bet is with British Airways which still operates 36 of them many on routes to the US. Here are 11 seen at Heathrow's Terminal 5 in 2013

Just a few weeks after London's Gatwick Airport was shut down by repeated drone sightings within the airport's airspace, Heathrow Airport had to suspend flights due to its own drone air traffic.

She said: "As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate".

"As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate".

A drone flies in Hanworth Park in west London, as a British Airways 747 plane prepares to land at Heathrow Airport behind.

Heathrow Airport is at a standstill on Tuesday night after a reported drone sighting.

Departures from London's Heathrow Airport, the UK's busiest hub, were suspended today after a drone was sighted there, according to airport officials.

A Reuters witness in a plane on the runway at Heathrow said multiple aircraft were waiting for permission to take off before being later told that things were starting to move.

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More than 140,000 passengers had their flights disrupted and more than 1,000 flights were affected between December 19th and December 21st 2019. The latest sightings come a month after a drone caused major travel disruptions in December for almost 150,000 travellers.

Ministers are now exploring the use of military grade jammers and blocking systems to bring down rogue drones, such as the Israeli Drone Dome system reported to have been deployed at Gatwick.

Heathrow Airport is a crossroads for the world, serving 78 million passengers in 2017.

Britain's busiest airport said it was working closely with authorities including the police and looking at relevant technology to combat the threat of drones.

Today, the British government announced a package of measures created to give police extra powers to combat drones.

The exclusion zone around airports is now one kilometre and this will be extended to five kilometres.

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