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Flights suspended at Britain's Gatwick airport after drones spotted

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Flights at Britain’s London Gatwick remained suspended on Thursday after several sightings of drones flying near its airfield.

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Planes were unable to take off and a number of flights scheduled to land were diverted to other airports, Gatwick said, with the plans of at least 20,000 passengers already affected and thousands more facing disruption on Thursday and Friday.

Over 100,000 passengers a day fly to and from Gatwick Airport each day.

Gatwick’s chief operating officer Chris Woodroofe said police were looking for the operator of the drone.

“We also have the helicopter up in the air but the police advice is that it would be dangerous to seek to shoot the drone down because of what may happen to the stray bullets,” he told BBC radio.

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