Once again, flights have been suspended at a UK airport after a suspected drone sighting.

A Heathrow airport spokesman confirmed that all planes were grounded following a drone sighting at Heathrow airport. The Metropolitan Police confirmed officers are investigating reports of a drone sighting near the runway.

A Heathrow Airport spokesperson said:

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

Scotland Yard said they received reports of a drone in the vicinity of Heathrow Airport just after 5pm.

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The force said:

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

 

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Stranded passengers have taken to Twitter to vent.

The fresh chaos comes just weeks after drone sightings at Gatwick grounded planes for several days over the Christmas period.

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