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BREAKING NEWS: Passengers warned as Extinction Rebellion to target Gatwick airport this morning

It could be described as inevitable but now it appears the reality is here.

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Extinction Rebellion have announced that they plan to target Gatwick Airport this morning (17th Oct) in what they are descibing as a ‘light-hearted, informative event’.

In posts on their social media they say that the ‘event’ is to ‘wake up Gatwick Airport and government’ and that they should be ‘reducing flights’.

The protesters say that they will be making their presence known at the South Terminal from 11am in what many expect to create chaotic scenes.

They also offer advice to their supporters that anyone coming to protest their should come ‘incognito’ so as not to arouse suspition and to await a signal that is to go off at 11am.

In their posts the protesters also say:

‘If inclined, some people may like to indulge in a bit of mischief but the intention is not to cause people to miss flights.’ But there is no indication of what sort of ‘mischief’ they are talking about.

In response to the news a Gatwick spokesperson said:

“We are aware of the proposed protest at the airport and we will continue to work closely with the police to make sure that our passengers and staff are able to continue their journeys and do their jobs safely without disruption.”

“We are determined to play our part to reach ‎the Government’s target of achieving net zero carbon emissions, however we will also remain focussed on the safe operation of the airport.”

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Report reveals Airbus missed drone by just metres at Gatwick Airport

The crew claim that had autopilot been on then they could have collided with the drone.

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A report just released has revealed that an Airbus A320 narrowly avoided hitting a drone as it came in to land at Gatwick Airport back in the summer.

This is the second narrow miss reported by crew as they came in to land at Gatwick this year. In April another A320 crew reported having to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

This occasion the drone was much closer though.

The report by the UK Airprox Board says that the A320 pilot was in the late stages of a manual ILS approach into Gatwick.

Interestingly it also says that the crew had taken on extra fuel dure to reports of drone activtity in the London area and also by the controller.

As the plane descended past 350ft the captain called out “drone” which both crew saw being slightly left ahead of them.

The crew were able to keep visual contact with the drone as they flew past but the drone was only 100m away and at the same height as the plane.

The crew were unable to make an evasive manoevre due to the speed of the event and they later reported that if the plane had still been on autopilot then they believed there was a high probablity they would have struck the drone.

The first officer, a drone enthusiast, identified the drone as a DJI Inspire.

The incident happened on the 8th July and was classed as a category A which is the highest risk category given.

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