Drones Disrupt Flights At East Midlands Airport During Download Festival
17 June 2019, 13:22
Detectives have launched an investigation after three separate drones disrupted flights at East Midlands Airport and Download Festival in Leicestershire.
Leicestershire Police said a pilot of one of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) had been interviewed by officers after it was reported to police at 9.30am on Saturday near to the Download Festival at Donington Park.
Two further drones were reported inside the restricted airspace at East Midlands Airport at midnight and Sunday at 1.30pm.
The force said it carried out its inquiries in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Authority and East Midlands Airport.
A number of flights were delayed at the airport as a result of the drones.
Police said despite extensive inquiries at the scene the pilots of the two other UAVs involved have not yet been identified.
A spokeswoman for the Leicestershire force said: "We are aware of three incidents where an unmanned aerial vehicle has been flown in restricted airspace near to the Download Festival at Donington Park, Castle Donington.
"The first incident was reported to police at around 9.30am on Saturday 15 June.
"Inquiries were carried out to find who was responsible and the pilot was subsequently identified. He was interviewed by officers and an investigation is continuing."
She continued: "Further incidents were reported at around midnight and 1.30pm on Sunday.
"Despite extensive inquiries at the scene the pilots involved have not been identified.
"Officers carried out their inquiries in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Authority and East Midlands Airport."
The spokeswoman added: "Due to the incidents taking place in close proximity to East Midlands Airport a number of flights were temporarily delayed as a result of each report."
A spokesman for East Midlands Airport said: "A TUI flight bound for Larnaca and a Ryanair flight to Pisa experienced minor delays departing EMA on Sunday due to the sighting of an unmanned aerial vehicle over the Download Festival site."