Rogue Drones Just Disrupted 240 Flights & Stranded 10,000 People
Last Friday at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, about 10,000 travelers and 240 flights were disrupted by rogue drones.
According to the South China Morning Post, there have been at least 10 cases of rogue drone interrupting flights in the past 3 months. Just recently, we reported on a case of some drones interrupting flights at the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport which disrupted more than 100 flights and prompted the world’s leading drone manufacturer, DJI, to put out a $145,000 bounty for clues leading to further help of the police investigations.
The number of drone incidences with airplanes has been increasing over the past couple of years due to the rising popularity of the quadcopters, but many governments have started to question the safety of drones and how they could regulate it.
According to StraitTimes, “Chongqing’s local public security authority recently announced measures to intensify a crackdown [on] the illegal use of drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs. Those who violate the drone rules face fines of up to 100,000 yuan (S$20,400) [($14,493 USD)].”
But after 10 cases in 3 months, can you blame them?
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