Leeds Bradford Airport flights halted 'due to drone sighting'

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Flights at Leeds Bradford Airport have been suspended due to a reported drone sighting.

It’s understood some planes are currently being diverted to Humberside and Manchester with others placed in the holding pattern to the North of the airport.

The 13:50 arrival from Southampton, 14:15 arrival from Malaga and 14:15 arrival from Alicante are among those affected.

All outgoing flights are believed to have been grounded as a result of the sighting with people taking to Twitter to complain about the delays.

One person tweeted: “Stuck on a plane at Leeds Bradford Airport because there’s a drone flying nearby. All flights halted…”

Another wrote: “So just about to take off when drone spotted so flight stopped!!

“Guess I could be sitting on this plane for a while – travelling to Belfast from Leeds Bradford Airport.”

The drone sighting has not yet been confirmed.

A spokesperson for Leeds Bradford Airport said: “We are investigating reports of a drone over the airport.

“An update will be provided soon.”

Extinction Rebellion Leeds also tweeted: “We understand that there are reports of drones over Leeds Bradford airport and that flights are suspended.

“To be clear, this is *not* an Extinction Rebellion action and not something we’d support.

“We’re obviously deeply concerned about aviation emissions and opposed to LBA expansion – but we’d never endanger lives by putting drones near flights without warning anyone.”

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A drone previously caused chaos at Gatwick just before Christmas.

About 140,000 passengers were caught up in the disruption as the runway at the UK’s second busiest airport was closed for 33 hours between 19 and 21 December last year. 

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