Man charged for flying drone in Calgary airport flight path
CALGARY – A man has been charged for flying a drone in the flight path of a Calgary International Airport runway.
Police said a man was seen in a park near 2616 16 St. N.E. at about 6:45 p.m. Sunday night. He was flying a drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and was stopped by police as he got into his vehicle to leave the park.
Syed Gohar Haider Shah, 25, is charged with one count of interfering with a navigation facility to endanger the safety of aircraft.
“UAVs that are flown in an unsafe manner can endanger lives, aircraft and property,” police said in a Thursday release. “It is the pilot’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of any restrictions on these devices.”
Shah is set to appear in court on Jan. 28.
Anyone who sees a drone being operated in an unsafe manner is asked to call police at 9-1-1 for a crime in progress, the non-emergency line at 403-266-1234, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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