“A passenger jet pilot swerved to avoid drone near Gatwik Airport,” a chilling article, unveils the small and dangerous problems Gatwik Airport has been facing for months. Drones flying illegally. One passenger jet pilot noticed a small drone in his path, and he was forced to bring down the plane in an “emergency landing.” This wasn’t the first incident, either. Gatwik has postponed many flights during December for “drone sightings,” as they are at high risk of endangerment.
After reading this article I was left to question the precautions taken not only within the airport, but outside the fences, as well, when an aircraft takes off. While the report never informs the readers on the consquences bestowed on the owner of the drone, what gave him the idea to fly so close to an international airport? Was he informed of the law? Are there any signs posted? Even without proper signage or knowledge, the countless incidents of endangering drones in only the past few months infers that proper punishment is not being enforced to prevent further altercations.