Flights at Heathrow Airport have been grounded after reports of a drone sighting.
A Heathrow spokesperson told The Mirror: “We are currently responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow and are working closely with the Met Police to prevent any threat to operational safety. As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate."
The groundings come after suspected drone flights caused chaos at Gatwick before Christmas, with tens of thousands of passengers having their travel plans ruined after drones have been flown over one of the country’s busiest airports.
Passengers have taken to social media after some flights have been delayed amid the reported drone sightings.
“Stuck on the runway at Heathrow – people being selfish flying drones,” one tweeted.
Another wrote: "We’ve been sitting on the runway at Heathrow for like an hour and a half.
"They’ve only given us one update to say it was because of drone activity in departures."
The passenger added that they haven’t been given an estimate of what time they should move.
Drone rules and regulations state that operators must always keep the drone in the line of sight, must stay below 400ft, must stay 150ft from people and properties, and 500ft from crowds and built up areas and stay well away from aircraft, airports and airfields. At present the law state that if a drone endangers the safety of an aircraft it is a criminal offence and carries a prison sentence of up to five years.
As of July 30 last year the law was amended to make it against the law to fly a drone over 400ft, and an illegal act to fly a drone within 1km of an airport or airfield boundary.
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