Apologies if someone else has started a thread about this bit of weirdness, but I couldn’t find one.
I’m not sure how much of this has been in the international news since the original incident, but it seems to be getting weirder and weirder.
Basically, Gatwick airport, one of England’s busiest, was closed from December 19-21st due to drones being seen dangerously close. Initial news reports were that a drone was being launched every time the airport decided it was over and began to prep for a flight. This led to speculation that there were several drones (to allow for charging times) and probably multiple people, because it went on for days.
It was declared to be a possible terrorist incident, maybe some environmental group protesting flying, maybe someone actually trying to crash a plane. But no groups came forwards to claim it. No boasts appeared on social media, not even anonymous ones.
The police were called and could do nothing- it being far too built up around there to safely try and shoot anything down, the army got called, with mysterious claims about some technique for safely downing drones they maybe had, but no drones were dragged down by trained peregrines or anything. On the 21st, it was announced that they’d found the culprits, and a couple of local drone enthusiasts were arrested. Yay! The airport reopened and flights started up, leaving the poor people affected stuck visiting family or having to complain about foreign food, rather than stuck missing holidays.
The couple arrested had their names and pictures blazed across the papers, were questioned for almost 36 hours, and were then released without charge. Oops.
There’s been no leads on any other suspects since.
But it gets stranger; in the last few days, there’s been increasing claims that… there were no drones, just the police drones looking for the other drones. Or maybe there was just one sneaky drone, right at the start, that had gone before the police even got their drone into the air. The only photos are of a dot.
It’s pretty clear there’s been breathtaking incompetence, it’s just what kind of incompetence that’s questionable.
So… what do you think?
I’m guessing it was a kestrel.