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Man charged over Heathrow drone incident

Sky News logo Sky News 19/01/2019 Alix Culbertson, news reporter
a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: The drone was spotted near Heathrow, Europe's busiest two-runway airport © PA The drone was spotted near Heathrow, Europe's busiest two-runway airport

A man has been charged with flying a drone near Heathrow Airport on Christmas Eve.

George Rusu, 38, allegedly used a drone on a field near one of the two runways at Britain's busiest airport on 24 December.

The alleged incident happened just three days after Gatwick fully reopened following three days of flight cancellations and delays, affecting about 140,000 passengers, caused by drone sightings.

Passengers in Terminal 2 at Heathrow airport after departures were temporarily suspended following 'reports of drones' at the airport Passengers in Terminal 2 at Heathrow airport after departures were temporarily suspended following 'reports of drones' at the airport

Rusu, of Blunts Avenue, Hillingdon, will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

He is charged with flying a "small unmanned aircraft without permission of air traffic control", according to court documents.

The drone did not cause disruption to Heathrow, unlike another drone sighting on 8 January which shut down one runway for just over an hour.

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