London City Airport Closes After Discovery of World War II Bomb

By Jesse Sokolow on 12 February 2018
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BA flights were not taking off from London City Airport on Monday

BA flights were not taking off from London City Airport on Monday

All flights into and out of London City Airport were cancelled Monday after an unexploded bomb from the Second World War was discovered in the River Thames early Sunday.

The bomb was found during planned development work at the airport.

The Metropolitan Police said that the Royal Navy specialists had established an exclusion zone of over 650 feet (200 meters) while handling the removal of the bomb.

The removal is taking place in the afternoon and early evening said Robert Sinclari, the airport’s chief executive officer. Sinclair said that if all goes as planned, the airport will reopen on Tuesday, with scheduled flights beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Over 20,000 tons of explosives were dropped on London by Germany during the German Blitz in World War II. Approximately 20% of the bombs, including the one unearthed Sunday, are though to have remained unexploded.

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