Leeds Bradford Airport flight operations briefly suspended over drone sighting

14 July, 2019, 16:11 | Author: Regina Silva
  • Leeds Bradford International Airport LBA

The airport re-opened 45 minutes later.

Brit holidaymakers were furious about the delays. The necessary safety procedures were immediately activated, which resulted in the airport being closed for 45 minutes and a flight being diverted to Manchester Airport.

A number of other flights were also listed as holding.

Up to three Jet2 flights were affected by the incident. "All flights halted", one stranded passenger tweeted while waiting to take off.

"Guess I could be sitting on this plane for a while".

This affected flights for around 140,000 passengers.

Planes have been diverted and held from landing at Leeds Bradford Airport after reports of a drone sighting at the Old Ball in Horsforth.

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It's after an inbound flight spotted the device flying near the airport on its approach at around 12.55pm.

A drone previously caused chaos at Gatwick just before Christmas.

The 13:50 arrival from Southampton, 14:15 arrival from Malaga and 14:15 arrival from Alicante are now being held over the airport.

There have been several high-profile drone incidents near airports in the past year.

"Stuck on a plane at #LeedsBradford Airport because there's a drone flying nearby".

"We're obviously deeply concerned about aviation emissions and opposed to LBA expansion - but we'd never endanger lives by putting drones near flights without warning anyone".



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