UK's Heathrow Airport suspends flights after drone sighting

Piloting a drone the rules

Piloting a drone the rules

Flights out of Heathrow have since resumed, however, departures were halted on Tuesday for about an hour as crews and police investigated the reported sighting at the airport.

"We are committed to delivering expansion responsibly and we encourage everyone to have their say and take part". "We apologize to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause".

Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow's executive director for expansion, said the airport was committed to delivering the third runway scheme responsibly and urged local residents to have their say.

"We continue to work closely with the Met Police to respond to reports of drones at Heathrow".

One wrote: "So, waiting to taxi on flight to DC, they've just shut the engines off due to a reported drone at Heathrow".

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British officials used sophisticated military gear to get Gatwick back in operation, and aviation authorities said that equipment could be deployed at other British airports to deter drone intrusions.

"I am clear the government is taking action to ensure that passengers have confidence their journeys will not be disrupted in future, aircraft can safely use our key transport hubs and criminals misusing drones can be brought to justice".

The exclusion zone around airports will be extended to approximately a 5km-radius (3.1 miles), with additional extensions from runway ends.

Past anti-drone measures included the creation of a competency test for pilots, and this is set to come into force from November of this year, as anyone owning a drone weighing more than 250g will be required to register it and prove they can handle it.

Police will also be allowed to fine users up to 112 euros ($128) for failing to comply when instructed to land a drone, or not showing registration to operate a drone.

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