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January 8, 2019 6:27 pm Categorised in:

London’s Heathrow Airport, the largest in the United Kingdom, briefly halted flight departures for about an hour Tuesday after a reported drone sighting. 

In a statement to the Associated Press, airport officials said, “Based on standard operating procedures, working with Air Traffic Control and the Met Police, we have resumed departures out of Heathrow following a short suspension.” 

“We continue to work with the Met Police on reports of drones at Heathrow. We are working with Air Traffic Control and the Met Police, and have resumed departures out of Heathrow after a short suspension,” the airport announced via Twitter at 6:52 p.m. GMT/1:52 EST. “We will continue to monitor this and apologize to anyone that were affected.”

London’s Metropolitan Police confirmed that they were investigating but did not say whether the drone sighting had been verified.

Flights resumed about 90 minutes after the police received the initial report.

The report followed the pre-Christmas shutdown of London’s Gatwick Airport over the course of three days after drone sightings were reported there. 

The Gatwick closures led to more than 100,000 people being stranded or delayed, the worst ever drone-related disruption at an international airport.

Two people were later arrested for the “criminal use of drones.”

A 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman were accused of having sent industrial-grade drones into Gatwick’s airspace for just long enough to cause flight cancellations, then subsiding until operations resumed, before launching another round of incursions to interrupt service.

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Contributing: Associated Press