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Bomb scare with a difference closes big airport

February 14, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A big city airport reopened yesterday after a bomb scare closed it down completely on Monday. The scare wasn’t a hoax – the bomb existed and it weighed half a tonne.

London City Airport, which handled 4.5 million passengers last year, came to a halt when a World War II bomb, dropped by the German air force in the early 1940s, was found close to a runway.

The bomb was discovered in King George V Dock, during planned works near London’s smallest and most central airport.

The shutdown affected up to 16,000 passengers. Some airlines diverted flights to other London airports – Britain’s capital has five altogether.

German Dornier DO-17s bombing London during World War II. (US Air Force archives)

After a bomb disposal operation that involved about 500 residents being evacuated, experts from the Royal Navy successfully defused and removed the bomb. The airport reopened yesterday for full operations.

SBS News quoted Jonny Campbell, the naval officer in charge of the bomb disposal diving team, saying the bomb would be towed along the Thames and destroyed in a controlled blast with high-grade military explosives.

London was heavily bombed during the Blitz from September 1940 to May 1941.

Written by Peter Needham

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