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Gatwick Airport: The video shows the drone that stopped the runway for 32 hours



A video shows one of the drones that resulted in closure of one of UK's largest airports for more than 32 hours, leaving more than 120,000 people affected by canceled, delayed, and diverted flight.

Gatwick airport, which serves London, is closed at 9 p.m. on Wednesday when airport personnel saw drones on the path. Runway closing leaves people sleeping on grounded plane on the terminal floor.

The MailOnline newsletter website publishes footage of one of the drones that grabbed Gatwick during the shutdown:

Daily Mail, the MailOnline sister newspaper published the drone image on the runway on the front page of Friday.

The airport was reopened, and Gatwick received his first international flight landing at the airport at 6 am on Friday, 32 hours after the runway was closed at 9 pm. on Wednesday.

Gatwick said that sometimes there were two isolated drones, but most interruptions seemed to come from a single, shown in the footage.

The police had not found drones or their operators. Chris Woodroofe Chief operating officer of Gatwick, told the BBC that the airport has put additional measures to protect the airport if a drone appears. He did not say what steps.

The police appealed to the public for information. They said a little bit about who might be behind it, but suggested that a protester in the environment was "a possibility."

Passengers are waiting at the North Terminal at London's Gatwick Airport on Thursday.
GLYN KIRK / AFP / Getty Images

was also affected Wednesday night.

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Told by Woodroofe at the BBC he can not comment on whether the police try to shoot down a drone if it re-emerges.

He said on Thursday that the police refused to try and shoot drones for fear that a wild bullet could hit someone.

An information board shows scheduled flight arrivals canceled and diverted to London Gatwick Airport after drones were seen over the airport. Sussex Police Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry told BBC that police are still investigating
GLYN KIRK / and "make many progress overnight."

700 flights are expected to leave from Gatwick, UK's second largest airport, on Friday, said Woodroofe.

However Airlines warned that they expected disruption to continue and advised passengers to check their websites. Woodroofe also said that the departure of the flights will depend on whether there are any more drone sightings.

Read more: Travelers should sleep on floors and armed planes within hours after the drones destroyed the main airport of London before Christmas [19659002] Called Woodroofe's "unremarkable" turbulence and said governments and tech companies need to work on solutions if this happens again at any airport.

UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said on BBC Breakfast on Friday: "This type of incident is unprecedented everywhere in the world, the disruption of an airport in this way."

He said he would meet other UK airports "quick" about ensuring that this would not happen again and other airports were patrolled on Friday to make sure there were no similar incidents.


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