Some news outlets still identify the drone operators as “Eco-terrorists.” Others mention organized crime. One poice chief suggested that the flying object causing complete chaos at Gatwick Airport last week might not even have been a drone. The U.K. government and military, airport authorities and law enforcement have all committed major resources to the crime: but so far, we have very few answers about who was responsible for last week’s disruptions.
England’s second busiest airport was closed down last Wednesday, December 19, when pilots and airport officials spotted drones “buzzing” over the runways. In order to avoid a collision, flights were canceled. The drones were identified by airport officials as “industrial” drones – larger than most recreational or commercial drones, and potentially more damaging to aircraft. The drones in questions also appear to have a long range – making it more difficult for authorities to identify the operators.
The airport briefly reopened at about 3 am on Thursday morning – but the drones quickly reappeared, forcing the airport to shut down again. Flights were finally resumed on Friday. Despite a significant military and police presence, the operator was not caught, nor were the drones captured: they simply disappeared, having caused maximum disruption to Britains air transportation system during the busiest travel season of the year. Read more