Drone User Had 'Operational Insight'

15 April 2019, 10:29

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The chief operating officer at Gatwick Airport say he believes the culprits behind the drone chaos at the airport in December had an insight into how the airport was reacting to the incident.

Chris Woodroofe says the operators could either see what was taking place on the runway or they were eavesdropping on radio or internet communications.

A number of drone sightings forced Britain's second-busiest airport to shut down for 33 hours, disrupting 140,000 passengers' journeys.

The chaos continued despite a huge police operation and the Army was eventually called to bring the incident under control.

Sussex Police said the possibility that the perpetrators could have included an airport insider is a "credible line" of inquiry.

Military anti-drone equipment, which can detect the flying machines and disable them by jamming radio signals, remained at the airport until March.

Both Gatwick and Heathrow are investing millions in their own systems to prevent future flight disruption.