Boeing Dreamliner from New York is diverted to Doncaster after Gatwick Airport closure

Jetsetting passengers flying from New York to London for Christmas found themselves stranded in the unlikely location of Doncaster last night.

Thursday, 20th December 2018, 1:40 pm
Updated Thursday, 20th December 2018, 1:43 pm
The terminal building at Doncaster Sheffield Airport

The Norwegian Air flight from JFK was diverted to Doncaster Sheffield Airport just after 10pm when its final destination, London Gatwick, was closed after a drone was spotted above the runway.

This is what the law says about flying drones near airportsHundreds of transatlantic travellers aboard the Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrived at a terminal more used to handling short-haul package holiday traffic and cargo flights.

Rise in drone use causes needless stress to animalsDoncaster Sheffield Airport confirmed that the passengers have disembarked the aircraft and were taken to Gatwick by coach.

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The airport is a former RAF base and has a long, wide runway which can handle much larger aircraft than many other northern airports - it's even been designated as an emergency landing site for space shuttles.