Monday, February 26

Man and woman held in Gatwick Airport drone chaos probe



A man and a woman are being held on suspicion of disrupting an airport after the drone activity which caused chaos at Gatwick.

The 47-year-old man and 54-year-old woman, from Crawley in West Sussex, were arrested in the town around five miles from the airport – at about 10pm on Friday.

Sussex Police said the pair are being held on suspicion of “disrupting services of civil aviation aerodrome to endanger or likely to endanger safety of operations or persons”.

Superintendent James Collis said: “Our investigations are still ongoing and our activities at the airport continue to build resilience to detect and mitigate further incursions from drones, by deploying a range of tactics.

Flights were briefly grounded at the airport on Friday evening after a fresh sighting at around 5.10pm, but military measures reassured operators it was safe to reopen the runway shortly afterwards.

Meanwhile, Gatwick Airport said on Saturday morning that the runway is open but passengers are urged to check with their airline before travelling.

Around 1,000 flights have been cancelled or diverted since drones were spotted inside the perimeter of the UK’s second biggest airport on Wednesday at around 9pm, affecting approximately 140,000 passengers.