Flights grounded at UK Airport after ‘drone spotted over runway’

FLIGHTS have today been grounded at Leeds-Bradford Airport after reports a drone was spotted over the runway – just months after Gatwick Airport was thrown into chaos.

Passengers took to social media to claim their flights had been suspended as authorities rushed to control the situation.

One wrote: “I’m at Leeds and Bradford airport right now just had a report of a drone near by a Jet2 B757 200 G LSAG from Ibiza and a drone. The traffic had been closed due to this event I heard from the ATC Radio. Now have other planes due to land being diverted.”

Another added: “Stuck on a plane at #LeedsBradford Airport because there’s a drone flying nearby. All flights halted…”

A number of arriving flights have been listed as “holding”.

t comes after Gatwick Airport was thrown into chaos around Christmas last year after reports of drones in the air space.

Police had been blasted over the “appalling investigation” that cost them a staggering £420,000 as thousands of holidaymakers were left stranded.

The Times revealed in February that after taking 130 witness accounts and making 1,100 door-to-door inquiries, detectives have been working on the theory that a disgruntled former or current employee is the most likely culprit.