Gatwick Airport drone incident

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  1. Peter Mugridge

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    Would a gang of villains planning such a heist do their drone testing in such a highly visible and public way, though? All they've done is guarantee that everyone everywhere will be watching for drones now...
     
  2. Jack15001

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    It seems now there is a possibility that there were no drones and the whole thing was a false alarm.

    I'm lost for words!
     
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    A few days after the 'news' that, just up the road in Croydon, the hunt for a crazed cat killer has revealed that there never was one! All very appropriate at Christmas time.
     
  4. Jack15001

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    Oh yes it was foxes, does anybody really believe that?

    I'm not sure it's got any relevance to recent events at Gatwick though.
     
  5. Busaholic

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    It might have a relevance if it's eventually shown that the drones were the subject of a vivid imagination or two that then gets blown out of all proportion. All a big 'if', I agree. If nothing else, it should certainly be a huge wake-up call for what might have been and might actually produce such a rocket up Useless Grayling's backside that it launches him into space, never to be seen again, but doubtless that fantasy won't come to pass; it never does.
     
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    Such a group could well have been planning for far less attention, alternately this could have been a test to see just how much stealthy activity was achievable (apparently "not much").
     
  7. Jack15001

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    Have you been on the Christmas sherry?

    Anyway back in the real world Sussex police are coming under a lot of scrutiny for their handling of the whole thing including the arrest of two people who turned out to be completely innocent.
     
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    To be fair they are right in that they attempted to protect the identity of the two arrested, not releasing any personal details in case they were innocent, but the media leaked it after interviewing neighbours.
     
  9. Peter Mugridge

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    They seem to now be saying that the indication that there were no drones was an error and that there were drones.

    Who is in charge of this investigation? The Keystone Kops?!
     
  10. Busaholic

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    In answer to the question, regrettably not.

    'The real world' is an interesting concept. This is presumably the world in which Donald J. Trump has been elected President of the United States and is now blaming the Fed for the largest downturn in stocks in a decade.

    Now, where's that sherry bottle? :lol:
     
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    I wonder where reports of the initial sighting came from? I was assuming that pilots, ATC staff or airport officials had seen it?
     
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    That doesn't really stand up. If no information was released, how did the media know where to go to interview the neighbours?
     
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    When the couple were arrested neighbours would have seen police cars at their house and a lot of activity. It’s very hard for the police to be discreet about this. If you have a forensic team pulling the house, garden and garage apart, there will be a pile of vehicles in the street, loads of uniformed officers coming and going and neighbours will notice. Some will comment about it on social media or even ring the papers. And there are subtler ways for reporters to find out too. It’s their profession after all.
     
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    "Named locally" is the term I usually hear on the radio when names haven't officially been released by the authorities, but the press think they have sufficient information.
     
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    Throwing into confusion and why the uncertainty cast on witnesses by the police commanders statement was retracted was because a police unit itself reported being taunted by a drone flashing its lights at them.
     
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    So no arrests, no drones located and a very embarrassed police constabulary who seem to change their stories on a daily basis.

    Add to this the press naming an innocent couple and it's safe to say this has been an almighty balls up so far.

    Would I be surprised if there was never any drones? Not at all
     
  17. Peter Mugridge

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    They're now saying that some of the sightings may have been of police drones looking for other drones... :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Oh dear, if so then very much like Laurel and Hardy doing the washing up...
     
  19. The_Train

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    The Benny Hill music immediately came to my mind
     
  20. Baxenden Bank

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    Who is in charge?

    Frank Spencer or Mr Bean?
     
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    I think it's reasonable for a layperson airport worker to have seen a Police unit and reported the sighting. Ideally the commander would have been suitably informed and able to filter as appropriate.

    Then, in the present day, the Force doesn't want to be caught 'covering up' such information (imagine the headline "Police LIED about knowing that drones were its own"), so it is honest but this is now misinterpreted.

    I note that the statement does not state that all of the sightings were false alarms!
     
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    Plenty of armchair experts in this thread on police matters.

    Imagine the outcry in this forum if the similar armchair experts on railway operating matters got stuck into other threads!
     
  23. Jack15001

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    It does look that way, one to be filed in the 'you couldn't make it up' up category. I just feel for those who had their travel plans ruined.
     
  24. Mag_seven

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    Will anyone be held accountable for this?
     
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    It's very unlikely that any heads will roll. Though some deputy heads may roll. As is the way in these matters.
     
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    'Gatwick, this is Heathrow here. Our very advanced radar systems are showing drone activity very close to your flight paths. We realise, of course, you don't have access to our level of sophistication, and we don't want to sound patronising, but maybe you need to take some action? Do let us know if we can be of any further assistance. Good luck!'
     
  27. Peter Mugridge

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    The Royal Navy claim their Type 45 destroyers can track cricket ball sized objects from 3000 miles away.

    Surely they could track drones over Gatwick from their bases at Portsmouth and Plymouth....?
     
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    It depends. There is some quite hilly terrain in that part of the world.
     
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    Perhaps the only cricket ball sized objects that they are able to track at such a distance are the ones spewing rocket exhaust. :D
     
  30. Busaholic

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    Would depend even more if they existed in the first place.
     

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