Heathrow airport drone scare: Unknown object seen flying worryingly close to runways
Social media users took to Twitter amid reports of a drone spotted near to the Harlequins rugby ground the Twickenham Stoop in Twickenham. One Twitter user said: “Drone spotted over & around @Harlequins Stoop ground. “Rather worrying as close to @HeathrowAirport flight path @MPSHeathrow.”
It comes a day after Heathrow was forced to suspend landings and divert flights because of a request from the RAF for an operational flight to travel through its airspace.
Aviation news source Airlive had earlier tweeted: “Many planes are holding on approach to London Heathrow.
It looks like landings were suspended for a while.” Panicked passengers took to Twitter to ask what was happening at Heathrow Airport.
One said a British Airways flight appeared to have been diverted to nearby Stansted.
Twitter users went online to share their concern
“What’s going on?”
Other passengers said they were told by the pilot their flight had just five minutes of fuel left as the jet waited the land.
British TV producer Anne Henry said the flight was eventually diverted to Gatwick.
The disruption was caused by a German military plane in British aerospace.
The plane, GAF612, was thought to have been Bombardier Global 5000 jet on route to Hamburg.
None of the other planes shown as leaving the airport that morning were military aircraft, although this may not have been the only RAF flight through the airspace during the time frame as records do not list the departures of RAF planes.
The RAF gave an announcement on Friday explaining the situation, that it was not an emergency and said the delay was caused by “one of our assets” flying from Northolt.