A man and a woman arrested over the drone disruption that brought Christmas getaway flights to a standstill at London's Gatwick Airport were released without charge on Sunday, police said.
A 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman from the town of Crawley, near Britain's second-busiest airport, were arrested on Saturday.
The police swooped after three days of disruption from Wednesday to Friday, affecting 140,000 passengers.
‘Both people have fully co-operated with our enquiries and I am satisfied that they are no longer suspects in the drone incidents at Gatwick,’ Sussex Police detective chief superintendent Jason Tingley said in a statement.
Drones were sighted buzzing around the airfield more than 50 times, forcing the government to bring in specialist military resources to help counter the threat.
The dangers posed by drones include the possibility of a device smashing into a passenger plane or being sucked up into an engine where its highly flammable lithium battery could cause a catastrophe.
‘Our inquiry continues at a pace to locate those responsible for the drone incursions, and we continue to actively follow lines of investigation,’ said Tingley.
‘We ask for the public's continued support by reporting anything suspicious, contacting us with any information in relation to the drone incidents at Gatwick.’
The airport has offered a £50,000 ($63,000, 56,000 euro) reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the disruption.
Under recently-introduced laws in Britain, drones cannot be flown near aircraft or within a kilometre (about half a mile) of an airport, or at an altitude of over 400 feet (122 metres).
Violators face up to five years in prison for endangering an aircraft.
Gatwick, around 30 miles (50 kilometres) south of the British capital, is the eighth-busiest airport in Europe and sits behind Mumbai as the world's busiest single-runway air hub.
On its website, Gatwick said its runway was open and it aimed to run a full schedule over the weekend.
Passengers were warned to expect some delays and cancellations as their airport tried to recover its operations.
‘Safety is Gatwick's top priority and we are grateful for passengers' continued patience as we work to get them to their final destination in time for Christmas,’ the airport said.
LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
Thousands join anti-G7 rallies in Spain, France
Notting Hill carnival ‘can unite divided country’: organisers
Johnson, EU trade barbs on Brexit at G7 summit
Squabbles erupt as G7 leaders open summit in French resort
Thousands march against racism in German City ahead of key state polls
UK PM Johnson to tell Trump to de-escalate trade tensions
G7 summit to kick off in France as Amazon burns and Brexit drags on
Tourism hotspot Barcelona alarmed by crime surge
Soyuz spacecraft carrying humanoid robot fails to dock with space station