None of the 67 eyewitness complaints has yet been confirmed.Elaine Kirk and Paul Gate after release. SWNS Photo
Paul Gate, 47, and Elaine Kirk, 54, detained on suspicion of launching a UAV at Gatwick Airport in London, were released without charge. Police have not yet completed the investigation, but admitted that the drone in the area of the airport did not fly in principle, Telegraph and the Times reported .
The detainees were interrogated for 36 hours. It turned out that Gate had an alibi: most of the time he was at work during the period of unstable airport operation.
Sussex police confirmed that Gate and Kirk were detained on a tip from eyewitnesses. Police Chief Superintendent Jason Tingley refused to apologize to the couple, but thanked them for their cooperation.
According to Tigley, from the evening of December 19 to December 21, 67 complaints of drones from passengers, emergency personnel and airport personnel appeared. But none of them has yet been confirmed. The police really believed that reports of the drone were credible, because a large number of eyewitnesses told about this.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]The crucibles added that a damaged drone had been found near the airport. How he appeared there is still unknown, but the police consider him as a possible cause of what happened.[/perfectpullquote]
Gatwick is considered the second busiest airport in the UK. The airport was closed for a total of three days after reports of the drone. During this time, 140,000 passengers suffered, about 1,000 flights were delayed or canceled.
The man and the woman were detained on December 22 on suspicion of using the drone “for criminal purposes”. Under British law , drones are forbidden to run closer than a kilometer from the airport, or lift it to a height of more than 120 meters. They faced up to five years in prison.