Wartime bomb to be dragged ‘nine hours underwater’ before controlled explosion | London

A Second World War bomb that has closed London City airport will be dragged for nine hours underwater before it is detonated in a controlled explosion.

Lieutenant Commander Sean Heaton, who is one of the Royal Navy officers leading the disposal operation, said the main challenge for divers is the silt, mud and darkness on the seabed.

The World War Two bomb will not be brought to the surface, but will instead be towed behind a rib to Shoeburyness, Essex, before a controlled explosion.

We are controlled by the tides in the Thames as to when we can remove it from the dock.

It is quite dark on the seabed, silt makes it challenging for a diver to stop the mud getting in the way.

We will strap a lifting device to the bomb so we can lift it off the seabed and towards the surface.

There is a minimum chance of anything going wrong, but the Royal Navy divers have received extremely good training and have very good equipment.

It will be taken to Shoeburyness in an eight or nine hour transit and will be towed behind a rib before we attach our own explosives onto the audience and conduct a controlled explosion.

There are a number of teams, one team of four are on the diving operation and two teams conducting the rib operation.

– Lieutenant Commander Sean Heaton, Royal Navy

Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport, confirmed it would remain closed for the rest of Monday.

The airport will remain closed for the rest of the day, following the discovery of a World War Two ordnance in King George V Dock on Sunday.

An exclusion zone is in place in the immediate area.

Any passengers due to fly today are urged not to come to the airport and to contact their airline for further information.

I’m pleased to say some airlines were able to secure space at alternative airports so that some flights can operate.

Thanks to those airports, CityJet at Southend Airport and Alitalia at Stansted Airport for stepping in to help out.

I recognise this has caused inconvenience for our passengers, and in particular some of our local residents.

The airport is cooperating fully with the Metropolitan Police, Royal Navy and Newham Council to safely remove the device and resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

The operation is proceeding well and we anticipate it to be completed during the course of this evening.

At this stage we fully expect that the airport will be open as normal tomorrow.

Passengers due to travel on Tuesday are asked not to arrive more than two hours before their flight.

– Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport

Source : http://www.itv.com/news/london/2018-02-12/nazi-bomb-to-be-dragged-nine-hours-underwater-before-controlled-explosion/