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Someone keeps flying a drone over Changi airport; causes 37 flight delays and one diversion to KLIA

Someone keeps flying a drone over Changi airport; causes 37 flight delays and one diversion to KLIA

Tasneem Nazari

Over the past couple of days, a rogue drone has been flying around Changi airport causing a total of 37 flights to be delayed and one flight to be diverted to KLIA.

via GIPHY

In a statement last evening, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said that they had to cease operations at one of the airport’s runways for short periods of time between 11pm on Tuesday and 9am yesterday to “ensure the safety of aircraft operations and passengers”.

via GIPHY

Currently, they could not disclose how many drones are flying around the airport and it is not known who the operator is.

Their investigations are still ongoing and CAAS, Changi Airport Group, Singapore Armed Forces and the Singapore Police Force have been activated for search-and-locate operations.

via GIPHY

Drones require a permit of use in Singapore and are banned from being flown within 5km of airports and military airbases and at altitudes above 61m.

CAAS said that the illegal flying of unmanned aircrafts may “pose threats to aviation or endanger the personal safety of others”.

via GIPHY

FYI, anyone found contravening regulation could face a fine of up to S$20,000 (RM60,000) or a jail term of up to 12 months, or both.

We can’t imagine who might be flying the drone into Changi airport’s airspace. But we have come up with one possibility: maybe it’s the drone food delivery service guys tengah practice their drone flying skills kot…

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