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Red Arrows delayed by drone

Red Arrows delayed by drone

Thursday 14 September 2023

Red Arrows delayed by drone

Thursday 14 September 2023

Guernsey Police have confirmed a drone was used by a member of the public during the 2023 Air Display despite warnings in advance of the show not to do so.

Today's event was disrupted, with the Red Arrows part of the display delayed by around ten minutes while the drone's pilot was located.

A spokesperson for Guernsey Police said:

“The emergency services were made aware of a drone flying over the harbour just before the Red Arrows started as part of the air display.

"The Display Coordinator made the decision to delay the Red Arrows by approximately 10 minutes. During this time, officers located the person piloting the drone and it was grounded, allowing the display to continue.

"Enquiries are now ongoing.”

The Sea Fire was on immediately before the Red Arrows and the organisers of the Air Display said it's performance was also disrupted by drone activity.

The organisers had warned against drone activity ahead of today's Air Display saying that it would lead to the immediate suspension of the show.

Drone flying was prohibited across the Bailiwick with the organisers warning that police would be involved if anyone flouted this ban. 

The 2023 Air Display attracted large crowds as usual with the Red Arrows, Titan, Jet Pitts, OV-10 Bronco and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight appearing to cheers and applause.

Pictured top: Red Arrows captured by Milly Mallender.


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