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    Drones Cause Closure of Gatwick Airport

    https://sputniknews.com/europe/201812201070846814-gatwick-airport-closed-drones/https://sputniknews.com/europe/201812211070876973-uk-london-gatwick-airport-drones-incident/


    LONDON (Sputnik) - The incident involving drones flying over London Gatwick Airport, which prompted the suspension of flights there, is not related to terrorism, the Sussex Police said.

    "Our assessment, based upon the information that we have available to us, is that this incident is not terrorism-related," Detective Chief Superintendent Jason Tingley said in a statement.

    Tingley added the police were working closely with the Gatwick Airport Limited and the Civil Aviation Authority and were maintaining dialogue on the incident with the government and other agencies in order to resolve the situation as swiftly as possible.

    "In addition to the searches that are taking place on and around the airfield, we are deploying a number of tactical options to detect and counter these drone activities and bring this to a safe conclusion. Extra officers have been brought in to support the operation," Tingley pointed out.


    https://sputniknews.com/europe/20181...closed-drones/


    Flights are reportedly being diverted to other airports in the UK and across Europe due to the emergency.

    Gatwick Airport has briefly suspended all flights after two unmanned aerial vehicles were spotted over the airfield.

    The two drones were spotted near the runway on Wednesday, prompting the UK's second busiest airport to suspend all flights while authorities investigate the intrusion, according to The Guardian.

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    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/10...shield-warning

    IT is “only a matter of time” before an aircraft is downed by a drone, with a “large loss of life”, an expert in drone security has warned in the wake of the ongoing closure of Gatwick airport.

    Gatwick
    was forced to shut its runway as a result of drones flying in the area were deemed to pose a risk to aircraft, with the airport remaining shut today. Authorities at Britain's second busiest airport halted flights at 10pm on Wednesday after two drones were spotted flying near its airfield, causing delays to thousands of Christmas travellers. The airport remains shut as of this afternoon, with a second drone being spotted in what the Government believes to be a “deliberate act”, with an estimated 100,000 people impacted. A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said: "This behaviour is irresponsible and completely unacceptable, and we feel for all the passengers who are facing so much disruption.”
    Meanwhile Oleg Vornik, managing director of DroneShield, told Express.co.uk: “It is, unfortunately, a matter of time before a deadly incident takes place and a drone results in downing of an airliner with a large loss of life.


    “It is critical for airports to look at urgently deploying systems to detect and defeat drones flown around airports (whether through clueless, careless or criminal intent).

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