January 4, 2019

Gatwick Drone Incident – Hoax? Error? What?

The Gatwick Drone Incident remains unexplained and what actually happened is now anyone’s guess.

There is yet to be a satisfactory explanation for the Gatwick drone incident.

I uploaded a video on Saturday, the 22nd December, and described the story to date but after developments since it’s hard to be certain what on earth really went on last week.

The couple who were arrested on the Friday were held and questioned for 36 hours and then released without charge.

They were given a hard time of it in the press with several personal photos published and a lot of intrusive speculation about them.

One can only hope that they and their family will now be left alone and allowed to recover, free from further public scrutiny.

Then, a statement from Sussex Police about the ongoing investigation contained several points about their lines of enquiry.

But the one that was seized upon was the suggestion that there may not have been any drones at all.

A damaged drone has been found near the airport’s perimeter but that has since been ruled out of the enquiry.

The Police also say they are examining information relating to ‘persons of interest’.

They haven’t ruled out the risk that the incident, whatever it was, may happen again.

They are continuing to interview all those who reported sightings, 67 in total.

And then, on the Saturday evening, to stoke the fires of conspiracy theories even further, Birmingham airport was closed for two hours due to what was described as a ‘failure of the electronic flight plan system.’

So we started the Christmas week itself with several theories buzzing around like drones gone wrong.

  1. It was drones all along and the perpetrators are still at large.
  2. It was an elaborate hoax orchestrated by the Government to distract us from the Brexit negotiations/shambles.
  3. It was an elaborate hoax orchestrated by the Government to test the impact on aviation of a no-deal Brexit.
  4. It was an elaborate hoax orchestrated by the Government to justify new, strict anti-drone legislation.
  5. It was a incident of mass hysteria during which about 60 people reported sightings of something that wasn’t there at all.
  6. It was mistaken identity and 60 people saw something like a light on a crane or a similar mundane object. 7. It was a UFO from either another country, planet, or dimension.

Which one gets your vote or have I missed any? Let me know in the comments below.

One thing we can be certain of is the fact that so far, whatever the truth may be, the overall impression this has created around the world of Britain’s response to such incidents leaves a lot to be desired.

It may yet transpire that there are good reasons for this mess but so far everyone involved has exasperated the public.

Without any answers we seem inept as a nation to explain something that could happen again at any time and which could bring one of our main transport hubs to a standstill.

One thing you can say about the Gatwick Drone Incident is the fact that it’s brought drone defence systems into sharp focus.

According to some conspiracy theorists, that was the plan all along.