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London Heathrow flights suspended briefly on menace from drones


Passengers waiting in a queue in departures at Heathrow Airport in London. London's Heathrow Airport briefly halted departing flights on Jan 8 after a reported drone sighting – a development that came just three weeks after multiple reports of drone sightings caused travel chaos at nearby Gatwick Airport. — AP

Passengers waiting in a queue in departures at Heathrow Airport in London. London's Heathrow Airport briefly halted departing flights on Jan 8 after a reported drone sighting – a development that came just three weeks after multiple reports of drone sightings caused travel chaos at nearby Gatwick Airport. — AP

The Heathrow airport was partially shut for more than an hour after reports of drones flying near runways raised safety concerns, the second time in a month a London airport had to suspend flights because of dangers from modern-day gadgets. 

Departures were halted after sightings of possible drones in the vicinity of Europe’s busiest airport after 5pm local time Jan 8, according to the Metropolitan Police. Services resumed following an evaluation of the threat to safety, with the government saying it was looking at bringing in the military. The incident comes within weeks after the city’s Gatwick hub closed for the same reason. 

   

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