In December 2018 a series of drone sightings forced the closure of Gatwick airport, causing chaos for Christmas travellers. Two years on and with the mystery still unsolved, Samira Shackle investigates what really happened
Shortly after 9pm on Wednesday 19 December 2018, a Gatwick security officer noticed something in the sky on the perimeter of the airport. He thought it was a drone and called in his sighting. Moments later the airport was shut to incoming and outgoing flights and one of the strangest mysteries of recent years began.
Above the airport, planes were circling and waiting to be diverted elsewhere. Onboard one plane was the journalist Samira Shackle, who tells Rachel Humphreys that the experience was surreal – and made her resolve to find out what had happened.
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