Departures from Heathrow Airport resume as Met Police investigates drone sighting – UPDATE

Planes at Terminal 1, at Heathrow Airport. Picture: Oast House Archive/Geograph (labelled for reuse)
Planes at Terminal 1, at Heathrow Airport. Picture: Oast House Archive/Geograph (labelled for reuse)
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DEPARTURES at Heathrow Airport in London have been resumed after flights were grounded because of a drone sighting.

They were halted just before 6pm when the airport confirmed on Twitter a drone had been seen close by. 

It has now confirmed all flights have been resumed. 

When the incident occurred, the airport said: ‘We are responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow and are working closely with the Met Police to prevent any threat to operational safety.

‘As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate. We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause.’

It came less than a month after thousands faced delays when drones were suspected to have hovered close to Gatwick Airport. 

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Among those caught up in the chaos was the Flemming family, from Gosport, whose plans for a Christmas trip to Tenerife were plunged into uncertainty. 

After flights at the airport were resumed, they were stopped again after more sightings.