Planes grounded at Heathrow Airport after drone sighting

Heathrow Airport (Hannah McKay/PA Wire)
Heathrow Airport (Hannah McKay/PA Wire)

Flights from Heathrow Airport have been suspended after a suspected drone sighting.

Heathrow Airport issued a statement shortly before 6pm today saying: “We are responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow and are working closely with the Met Police to prevent any threat to operational safety.

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"As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate.

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

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The latest incident follows major disruption at Gatwick during the run-up to Christmas, when numerous drone sightings led to hundreds of flights being cancelled.

Flights from Heathrow Airport have since resumed.