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24 hours of Gatwick chaos: Army called in, nobody can find drones pilots

Staff Writer | December 20, 2018
The Army has deployed "specialist equipment" to UK's Gatwick Airport as the travel chaos caused by drone activity shows no sign of slowing down.
Gatwick chaos
Britain   Tens of thousands of passengers on several airlines have been disrupted
It comes as Easyjet has cancelled all of its flights from Gatwick for the rest of the day.

The airline, the biggest operator at the airport, said there was "no indication" when Gatwick would reopen.

Tens of thousands of passengers on several airlines have been disrupted by drones flying over the airport.

In a tweet, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson had confirmed the military deployment.

He said: "The armed forces have a range of unique capabilities and this isn't something we would usually deploy but we are there to assist and do everything we can so that they are in a position to open the airport at the earliest opportunity."

Men in military uniform were seen arriving at the airport at about 20:00 GMT and liaising with police officers, before entering the grounds in convoy.


 

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