Leeds Bradford Airport closed after drone spotted near runway

Leeds Bradford International Airport LBA

One reveller wrote: "So just about to take off when drone spotted so flight stopped!"

The airport re-opened 45 minutes later.

The drones sighting comes after hundreds of flights in and out of Gatwick Airport were cancelled between December 19 an 21 causing havoc. Guess I could be sitting on this plane for a while ** - travelling to Belfast from Leeds Bradford Airport'.

Inbound flights were seen on flight-tracking websites circling in holding patterns near the airport, before one was forced to divert to Manchester Airport, while departing flights were held on the ground. Other flights have been placed on hold.

Malaga, Menorca and Alicante flights were among those affected.

There is disruption at Leeds Bradford Airport as three planes are being held from landing.

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'Flights were temporarily grounded at Leeds Bradford Airport as a precaution and resumed again at around 2.48pm'.

"Stuck on a plane at #LeedsBradford Airport because there's a drone flying nearby".

There have been several high-profile drone incidents near airports in the past year.

One said: "Evacuated from the terminal at leeds Bradford airport".

"We're obviously deeply concerned about aviation emissions and opposed to LBA expansion - but we'd never endanger lives by putting drones near flights without warning anyone".

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