Planes cannot land at Leeds-Bradford airport after drone is spotted flying over the airfield

Planes cannot land at Leeds Bradford Airport and holidaymakers are stranded as drone is spotted flying over the airfield

  • Planes halted at Leeds Bradford Airport after reports of drone in the area
  • Some flights were diverted to Manchester and others to Humberside
  • Three flights were being kept in a holding pattern in skies above airport 

Holidaymakers were left stranded after planes were stopped from landing at Leeds Bradford Airport due to reports of a drone being flown nearby. 

Three flights from Southampton, Malaga and Alicante were even kept in a holding pattern in the sky above the airport.

And some planes were diverted to airports in Humberside and Manchester which caused fury among passengers.

Police confirmed flights were resumed at the airport shortly after 3pm. 

Planes are being stopped from landing at Leeds Bradford Airport after reports of a drone being flown nearby (file picture)

Planes are being stopped from landing at Leeds Bradford Airport after reports of a drone being flown nearby (file picture)

This flight radar graphic shows how the planes coming in from Southampton, Malaga and Alicante have been kept in a holding pattern in the sky

This flight radar graphic shows how the planes coming in from Southampton, Malaga and Alicante have been kept in a holding pattern in the sky

One passenger wrote on Twitter: ‘Finally landed, thanks to the one tool for flying a drone over the runway and delaying all flights.’ 

Another earlier wrote: ‘Stuck on a jet 2 flight at Leeds Bradford f***ing drone #angry.’

All outgoing flights were grounded as a result of the sighting with people taking to Twitter to complain about the delays.

One woman 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.’

This drone sighting comes after disaster hit Gatwick Airport in December last year when hundreds of flights were cancelled following reports of a drone close to the runway.

The reports caused major disruption, affecting approximately 140,000 passengers and 1,000 flights.

Passengers reacted with fury after being sent to land at different airports

Passengers reacted with fury after being sent to land at different airports

Meanwhile Extinction Rebellion tweeted to deny any involvement in the incident

Meanwhile Extinction Rebellion tweeted to deny any involvement in the incident

Airport bosses confirmed they were investigating the reports and that some flights had been diverted to Manchester and Humberside (file picture)

Airport bosses confirmed they were investigating the reports and that some flights had been diverted to Manchester and Humberside (file picture)

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

‘An update will be provided soon.’ 

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: ‘At around 2.03pm a report was received of a drone flying in Horsforth, near to the Old ball roundabout.

‘Flights were temporarily grounded at Leeds Bradford Airport as a precaution and resumed again at around 2.48pm.’

A spokesperson for Leeds Bradford Airport added: ‘At 12:55 today, an inbound flight spotted a drone on approach to Leeds Bradford Airport. The necessary safety procedures were immediately activated, which resulted in the airport being closed for 45 minutes and a flight being diverted to Manchester Airport. 

‘We can now confirm that the airport is fully open and receiving flights again. We are liaising with West Yorkshire Police regarding the incident and will continue to monitor the situation closely.’ 

Meanwhile the local branch of Extinction Rebellion has tweeted to deny any involvement in the incident.

The group said on Twitter: ‘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.’

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