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Unidentified drone halts all departures at London’s Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport in London. ( (Mick Baker)rooster/Flickr)
January 08, 2019

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates as more information becomes available.

All departing flights from Heathrow Airport in London have been halted after a drone was reportedly sighted.

The airport tweeted about the possible drone sighting, confirming the activity.

“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,” the airport wrote Tuesday.

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AIRLIVE tweeted that a drone was spotted near the runway.

An airport spokeswoman told the BBC that traffic was temporarily halted to “prevent any threat to operational safety.”

“As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate. We apologize to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause,” the spokeswoman added.

In December, traffic into and out of Gatwick Airport was also halted when drones were spotted.

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