Drones Over Download Festival Forces Nearby Airport To Close

Download Festival
Photo courtesy of Download Festival’s Facebook Page

Drones used by metal fans attending U.K.’s Download Festival, which is being held this weekend at Donington Park in Leicestershire, caused problems at a local airport which is about a mile away from a festival, Daily Mail reports.

In a joint statement from the police, the festival organisers and the airport, they say drone activity has disrupted the airport’s activities for the last 48 hours and culminated in the 30 minute closure this afternoon.

“Recent reports of drone sightings near Donington Park have resulted in some operational disruption at East Midlands Airport during the last 48 hours. This has primarily affected the night-cargo operation but a small number of passenger flights have been diverted to other airports this afternoon.

“The safe operation of the EMA aerodrome and the safety of the public at the event are a priority. Together, Leicestershire Police, festival organisers and the airport continue to work closely to monitor the situation. As a result, both the festival organisers and the police have enhanced the number of patrols on site and the surrounding areas.

Drones attributed to the festival forced the diversion of eight flights on Friday evening and the closure of the runway. 

It is illegal to fly drones near to airports because of the risk to the public.