London City Airport closed: 500kg WWII bomb will be transported down River Thames and detonated under water



The unexploded World War Two bomb which grounded hundreds of flights at London City Airport will be guided down the Thames before being detonated underwater.

Bomb disposal experts will guide the 1.5m-long ordnance along the river overnight using a flotation device before attaching “high-grade military explosives” to carry out a controlled explosion.

Lieutenant Commander Jonny Campbell, the officer in charge of the diving unit which is disposing of the bomb, said it will be transported overnight to minimise disruption.

He said: “There’s a long night ahead for quite a few people, not least my Royal Navy bomb disposal divers, using our tried-and-tested techniques to remove the threat.”

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Explosive Ordnance Disposal units from the Royal Navy work to remove the World War Two bomb

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A diver from the Royal Navy prepares to inspect the bomb

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Explosive Ordnance Disposal units from the Royal Navy at the site of the bomb

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Bomb disposal personnel in a boat are seen on the River Thames

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Police wait outside London City Airport

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London City Airport remains closed after a WW2 bomb was found nearby

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A response vehicle is parked close to London City Airport which has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb

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Planes on the apron at London City Airport which has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb

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A Royal Navy bomb disposal van at London City Airport

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Royal Navy bomb disposal divers on a boat in King V George Dock close to London City Airport which has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb

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London City Airport remains closed after a ww2 bomb was found nearby as the Royal Bomb Squad move in

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Royal Navy bomb disposal divers close to London City Airport which has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb

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London City Airport remains closed after a WW2 bomb was found nearby

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London City Airport remains closed after a ww2 bomb was found nearby as the Royal Bomb Squad move in

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London City Airport remains closed after a WW2 bomb was found nearby

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London City Airport remains closed after a ww2 bomb was found nearby

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London City Airport remains closed after a WW2 bomb was found nearby

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Metropolitan Police officers close to London City Airport which has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bom

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He added: “We assess that we’ve got good control, that the bomb is in relatively good condition and so it’s now that balance of yes, we want to take it away and remove it, but we want to make sure it’s done properly.”

About 300 arrivals and departures were cancelled, causing travel chaos for about 9,000 passengers.

The German general purpose bomb was found grounded in the seabed 15 metres underwater at King George V Dock in east London on Sunday.

A message from London City Airport CEO on airport closure following discovery of WWII bomb

A 214-metre exclusion zone is in place and the airport will remain closed for the rest of the day, said Robert Sinclair, chief executive of London City Airport.

He said in a statement: “Any passengers due to fly today are urged not to come to the airport and to contact their airline for further information.

“I recognise this has caused inconvenience for our passengers, and in particular some of our local residents. The airport is co-operating fully with the Met Police, Royal Navy and London Borough of Newham to safely remove the device and resolve the situation as quickly as possible.”

The airport is expected to reopen on Tuesday, he added.

Unexploded WWII ordnance: Bomb disposal personnel in a boat are seen on the River Thames at London City Airport after a World War II bomb was found at a neighbouring dock (AFP/Getty Images)

The bomb was discovered by construction workers 11m under water in the dock, just south of the eastern side of the airport terminal. A series of road closures were put in place. Passengers were unable to remove vehicles from the airport car parks.

Docklands Light Railway services between the airport and Woolwich Arsenal were suspended.

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Tottenham Hotspur fans heading to Italy for the first leg of tomorrow’s Champions league last-16 tie against Juventus were among those caught up in the disruption. The club said supporters should contact their airlines.

The bomb is believed to be even bigger than one which caused days of chaos and the evacuation of more than 1,000 properties in Bermondsey in 2015.

A local couple who only gave their names as the Kullers said they were woken up at 2am by officers “banging on our door” asking them to evacuate.

Bomb disposal experts worked to render safe the unexploded device that was discovered at London City Airport (EPA)

The corner shop owners said: “They’re just doing their job, aren’t they, they’ve got to think about our safety and decide what they’re going to do. We’ve just got to carry on as best as we can.”

All evacuations were optional, police said.

The German Luftwaffe dropped around 25,000 tonnes of bombs on east London’s Royal Docks during the Blitz, according to the Royal Docks Management Authority.



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