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Heathrow and Gatwick airports buy anti-drone systems after scare

Engadget

London's airports don't want a repeat of the drone panic that left Gatwick travelers grounded for days, and they're willing to spend loads of cash to keep their skies safe. Heathrow and Gatwick have spent millions of pounds on "military-grade" anti-drone systems in the wake of the scare. It's not clear what they've purchased, but it might be a Rafael Drone Dome system that can jam drone communications. The company told the Times that it had seen interest from UK customers, but it's not clear if that included the two airports. It's still unclear how much of a threat drones posed during the Gatwick incident, or if the owners even intended anything malicious.


Heathrow: Man charged with flying drone near airport

BBC News

A man has been charged with flying a drone near Heathrow Airport on 24 December. George Rusu is accused of using a drone on a field near the runway just days after a scare at Gatwick grounded more than 1,000 flights. He has been charged with flying a "small unmanned aircraft without permission of air traffic control". Mr Rusu, 38, from Hillingdon, will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on Tuesday. The alleged incident happened just three days after Gatwick Airport fully reopened on December 21, following three days of chaos affecting about 140,000 passengers.



Drone hits plane at Heathrow airport, says pilot

The Guardian

Police are investigating a pilot's claim that his plane was struck by a drone as it approached Heathrow airport. The Metropolitan police said they were contacted on Sunday afternoon by the pilot, who landed the plane safely at Terminal 5. No one has been arrested, officers said. The flight, BA727, was coming in to London from Geneva, carrying 132 passengers and five crew. British Airways said the Airbus A320 had been examined by engineers and cleared to take off for its next flight after the incident.


Drone strikes British Airways plane near Heathrow

ZDNet

An investigation is underway after a passenger plane was hit by what is believed to be a drone. A drone crashing into a passenger jet near Heathrow Airport has prompted an investigation by the police and British Airways. On Sunday, a flight launched by carrier British Airways from Geneva was hit as it approached Heathrow Airport's landing strip. As reported by the BBC, the plane had 132 passengers and five crew members on board at the time of the incident, in which BA believes an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), otherwise known as a drone, hit the front of the jet. The Metropolitan Police is now investigating the incident, but no arrests have yet been made.