London’s Gatwick airport, one of the busiest in the world, was forced to shut down as drones were seen flying over the runway.
The airport was closed last night as the drones were spotted, briefly reopened, but then closed again as the drones re-appeared. Police were on the scene with a helicopter, but were unable to apprehend the drone pilots.
A spokesman for the airport said the idea of using police marksmen to shoot down the drone with bullets was ruled out, because of worries of where stray bullets would land.
Hundreds of flights have been cancelled, delayed and diverted, with the chaos having a knock-on effect which will be felt throughout Europe for days.
At the time of writing, airport authorities said the airport would open again at 11am GMT.