Flights out of London's Heathrow Airport suspended after drone sighting

Heathrow may add 25,000 flights a year before third runway

Heathrow may add 25,000 flights a year before third runway

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

Departures at Heathrow have been stopped after a drone was sighted, the airport says.

This latest incident comes just a few weeks after all flights were grounded at Gatwick Airport after it was reported that drones were seen near the site.

London Heathrow said in a statement: "We are responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow and are working closely with the Met Police to prevent any threat to operational safety".

All flights from London's Heathrow airport were halted on Tuesday (local time) after the airport said there had been sightings of a drone near Europe's busiest air hub.

All departures have come to a standstill after the suspected drone sighting this evening.

'As a precautionary measure, Heathrow Airport has stopped departures and officers based at Heathrow are now investigating the reports with colleagues from Heathrow Airport, ' the force added.

'We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause'.

ITV reporter Sarah Rodgers was among those now grounded at Heathrow.

Heathrow and Gatwick recently also spent millions of pounds on military-grade anti-drone equipment.

A third said: "Sat on a plane on the Tarmac at Heathrow due to a drone sighting".

David Zuelke, who was inside a plane in the runway, wrote: "Sitting on plane on runway at Heathrow Airport".

Student Gabriella Linning, 20, said she is on a grounded flight to Newcastle, told MailOnline the pilot of her plane said passengers should let staff know if they wish to disembark. About 1,000 flights were cancelled or diverted, affecting 140,000 passengers.

Whoever had their fun with a drone at Gatwick is about to hand loads more anti-drone powers to the police, as the Home Office has announced the results of a consultation into What To Do About Drones.

The exclusion zone around airports will be extended to approximately a three-mile radius, with extensions from runway ends.

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