Gatwick: Runway closed and flights diverted after ‘drone’ spotted above airport

A runway was twice closed at Gatwick and flights diverted after reports of a drone flying over the airport.

Sussex Police have launched an investigation into reports a drone was flying over the airfield at about 6pm on Sunday.

The airport said the incident had resulted in a “number of diverts”.

Passengers have taken to social media to vent their frustration at the delays, with at about five flights reportedly diverted. 

Drone @ gatwick….BA flight diverted to Bournemouth! Arghhhhhh #gatwick #drone #iwanttogethome

— Sheena (@sheenak17) July 2, 2017

A spokesman for Gatwick Airport told the Standard: “Due to reports of a drone operation in the vicinity of the airfield runway operations were suspended between 6.10pm and 6.19pm and again from 6.36pm to 6.41pm, resulting in a small number of go-arounds and diverts.

“Operations have resumed and police continue to investigate.”

Craig Jenkins was on an EasyJet flight to Gatwick from Naples, when his journey was disrupted by the reported drone.

He told BBC News: “We were crossing over the Channel and it started circling,

“It did four or five circles, heading further east, before the captain said we were landing at Stansted.”

This story is being updated.

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