London City Airport closed down at 10.00 p.m. local time (GMT) on Sunday after workers found the unexploded bomb at 5.06 a.m. that morning, the London Metropolitan Police said.
They had been carrying out pre-planned work at the King George V Dock by the River Thames. The area where the airport now stands used to be an industrial centre, and came under heavy bombardment from German planes. Unexploded ordnance still occasionally turns up during construction work.
The bomb found on Sunday is a 500 kg tapered end shell, measuring about 1.5 metres (4.9 feet) long and stuck in dense silt, the Met added. The pic below shows where the bond was found in relation to the airport runway
The closure led to the cancellation of more than 100 departures and was affecting up to 16,000 passengers, according to a spokeswoman. Airport chief executive Robert Sinclair said: “All flights in and out of London City on Monday are cancelled and an exclusion zone is in place in the immediate area. “I urge any passengers due to fly today not to come to the airport and to contact their airline for further information.
“I recognise this is causing inconvenience for our passengers, and in particular some of our local residents. The airport is cooperating fully with the Met Police and Royal Navy and working hard to safely remove the device and resolve the situation as quickly as possible.”
The device was discovered at the George V Dock at about 5am on Sunday during planned work at the airport. Newham Council said the bomb was a German made device and warned work to deal with it would last until Tuesday.
On a sad note a group of friends were in a sightseeing helicopter that crashed into the Canyon on Saturday evening and exploded.
Stuart Hill, 30, died alongside older brother Jason 32, and his girlfriend Becky Dobson, 27.
The sightseeing helicopter operated by Papillon Airways crashed into the Canyon on Saturday evening.
Newlyweds Ellie Milward, 29, and Jonathan Udall, 32, are fighting for their lives in hospital, along with Jennifer Barham, 39, and American pilot Scott Booth, 42. All four who miraculously survived the fiery crash were airlifted to hospital in a critical condition. More details on the way.