Telegraph: Stray hot air balloon in fog causes flight delays at Gatwick

Posted: April 13, 2012 in Aviation & Airports (General News), Gatwick
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Flights were temporarily disrupted this morning after a hot air balloon flew over Gatwick Airport in fog.

Flights were temporarily disrupted after a hot air balloon flew over Gatwick Airport Photo: PA/Reuters

Flights were temporarily disrupted after a hot air balloon flew over Gatwick Airport Photo: PA/Reuters

A spokesman for Gatwick Airport in West Sussex said all departures were temporarily suspended just after 9am for safety reasons when the hot air balloon was spotted, although she did not know where it had been located.

Only five departing flights were disrupted for ten minutes during the delay while the air balloon moved away, the spokeswoman added.

She said the planes were lining up on the runway and waiting to take off by 9.20am.

“The airport is not closed and arrival flights are still landing, but departing flights were suspended for safety reasons.”

Officers at Sussex Police are trying to spot the balloon in the sky but have been unable to locate it in fog. The force helicopter at Shoreham Airport has been grounded by the weather.

“We are aware and are trying to assist in locating the balloon,” a force spokesman said. “We’ve not been able to do anything about it because it’s really foggy. We’ve had officers looking into the sky and they can’t see anything.”

Read the full story at the Daily Telegraph here….


By Matthew Holehouse
13th April 2012


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