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Extinction Rebellion protesters ignore call off of protest at Gatwick

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It was called off around 9:30am but some protesters who had already departed for the airport decided to go ahead with the protest instead.

Just over 20 protesters are currently circulating around the South Terminal arrivals hall handing out leaflets with some also playing music and singing.

A spokesman for Extinction Rebellion was asked about the decision cancel and then to go ahead again.

Referring to the violence seen on protesters on the London Tube he said:

“We had a problem this morning and we had a vote yesterday about whether to go ahead with the activity. The vote was no but then some decided to take the action anyway. It went wrong.”

Gatwick spokesperson said:

“Gatwick is open and operating normally today. We are aware of some peaceful protest activity at the airport and our priority is to make sure that our passengers and staff are able to continue their journeys and do their jobs safely without disruption. We will continue working closely with the police, who aim to facilitate this peaceful protest.

“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.”

This is a live story and will be updated accordingly.

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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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