Gatwick, the second largest airport in the United Kingdom, has suspended takeoffs and landings this week for more than a day. The reason? The presence of unidentified drones. It is not the first time that these unmanned aircraft cause major problems.
“A couple of drones have caused the closure of the airspace above Gatwick airport … but it is not the only case.”
In the case of United Kingdom, only a couple of aircraft have been the culprits. But it is not the first case in which these drones threaten the safety of commercial flights. In the United Kingdom alone there were 92 cases in 2017 of the risk of a collision between an airplane and a drone. But the possible collisions between drones and airplanes are not the only dangers of these flying devices.
In France, mysterious drones overflew the vicinity of seven nuclear power plants in 2014. In July of this year, a Greenpeace drone crashed (in a harmless way) against another French nuclear plant to denounce the lack of safety of the same.
These drones are civilian, of which anyone could buy online. The danger of these drones is such that some companies have installed geolocation systems that prevent them from flying in certain areas. This is the case in Syria, where the Islamic State has used this type of drones on several occasions to launch improvised bombs.
The same type of apparatus (the usual cadrephores) have also been used in Ukraine for warlike purposes. In this case, the sabotage of up to two ammunition factories. It should be noted that in all cases the models used were not military specimens, but devices that are available to everyone.