January 21, 2016 3:08 pm

Man charged for flying drone in Calgary airport flight path

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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.

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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.”

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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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