A runway at East Midlands airport was closed and flights diverted this weekend (June 10) as a result of a fan filming Obtain Pageant with a drone.
The pageant is happening at Donington Park this weekend (June 10-12) only one mile from the airport.
Statements from the airport, Leicestershire Police and the pageant say that drones used to movie the rock pageant led to the delays and one runway being closed.
“It beggars perception that somebody would do that,” the airport’s managing director Clare James mentioned (by way of Day by day Mail).
“It’s a felony offence, it is extremely inconvenient for passengers, it prices hundreds of kilos for cargo carriers however most of all it’s a flight security danger.
“We’ve detection tools right here, we’re working with police, so my message to whoever is doing that is simply cease or face prosecution.”
On Friday night time (June 10), six passenger flights and two cargo flights have been rerouted to airports together with Leeds and Manchester. The runway was closed for an hour from 11.15pm.
In a joint assertion, native police, airport and pageant organisers mentioned: “Current experiences of drone sightings close to Donington Park have resulted in some operational disruption at East Midlands Airport over the last 48 hours. This has primarily affected the night-cargo operation however a small variety of passenger flights have been diverted to different airports this afternoon.
“Each the pageant organisers and the police have enhanced the variety of patrols on web site and the encircling areas.
“The general public are reminded that flying a drone in proximity to an operational airport is an offence underneath the Civil Aviation Act 1982 and is a large danger to public security. The police will take applicable motion if vital.”
Obtain 2022 is being headlined by KISS, Iron Maiden and Biffy Clyro. Obtain bosses spoke to NME not too long ago about main enhancements for this 12 months’s occasion, in addition to revealed that each one three headliners have already been booked for the 2023 pageant.