Sunday, January 22, 2017

Police find drone pilot

HANGZHOU police said that they have found the man who flew a drone close to the flight path of planes departing from or landing at Xiaoshan International Airport on January 15.

An eight-second video of aerial footage allegedly recorded by the man was posted on the Weibo ac­count Hangkongwuyu. The video attracted more than 2,800 comments and was shared 5,900 times.

Police were able to track the man down through a website dedicated to DJI-brand drones. The suspect, a 23-year-old surnamed Yuan, is said to have admitted to making the video.

To record the video, Yuan said he flew his quadcopter drone around 5pm on January 15 in Xinjie Town, about 8.5 kilometers from the airport. The drone hovered about 450 meters above the ground and recorded videos and pictures for about 10 minutes.

Yuan handed in his drone and im­ages over to police for investigation and said he regretted his actions.

China has rules that forbid raising pigeons, launching fireworks, using signal detonators, flying kites and balloons and objects like drones in the vicinity of airports. Violators can be jailed for up to 10 years and fined up to 100,000 yuan.

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