• July 12, 2019
  • By tecniqode

Flights to and from Leeds Bradford Airport in Northern England were grounded for nearly an hour following a drone sighting in the area.

Inbound flights were seen on flight-tracking websites circling in holding patterns near the airport, before one was forced to divert to Manchester Airport, while departing flights were held on the ground.

An Airport Spokesperson said the drone was spotted by a pilot on an inbound flight.

While Leeds Bradford is a relatively smaller regional airport — the 15th busiest in the UK, according to the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

This news comes amidst several high-profile drone incidents near airports in the past year. In December, more than 100,000 passengers faced delays and cancellations at London’s Gatwick airport when the airport shuttered flight operations following reported drone sightings.