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Warsaw. The drone passed the plane at Chopin Airport. The police took the notice

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Police are investigating Saturday’s incident at Chopin Airport involving a drone that missed a landing LOT plane by about 30 meters. A notification concerning a threat to air traffic safety was accepted in the case.

We reported on the event on tvn24.pl. The findings of the reporter Grzegorz Łakomski show that a drone the size of a glider flew 30 meters from the landing LOT plane. It was very close to a disaster. After two landings of the national carrier’s planes at the Warsaw airport, all operations were suspended for 30 minutes. This was also confirmed by PLL LOT spokesman Krzysztof Moczulski. He emphasized that after the incident involving the drone, the pilots wrote a report. The case is being investigated by the accident investigation commission at PLL LOT.

The police took the notice

We asked the police for a comment. – On Saturday, May 13, at 15.50 our duty officer was informed that an unmanned aerial vehicle was probably flying near the airport. Police officers from the airport police station immediately went to the site to check the area adjacent to the airport, but they did not notice the drone, Dariusz Świderski, press officer of the Warsaw-Okęcie Airport Police Station, said on Monday in an interview with tvnwarszawa.pl.

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He added that in the case a notification of the committed crime was received from the port’s operational duty officer.

– This is an offense under Article 211 of the Aviation Law of July 3, 2002. This is: using an unmanned aerial vehicle in the airspace, which could pose a threat to air traffic safety – explained the police officer.

Świderski concluded that further activities are underway in the case. “The police are investigating the circumstances of the incident,” he said.

The perpetrator may be punished with a fine, restriction of liberty or imprisonment for up to one year.

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Similar events have also taken place at Chopin Airport in recent years. In August 2018, we reported on tvnwarszawa.pl about the drone that flew into the port area. The event caused a lot of confusion – several planes did not land on time. The case was reported to the police. In the course of the activities, however, it turned out that over the airport however, a light aircraft was circlingwhich landed later at the Bemowo airport. The pilot voluntarily volunteered for questioning, and the case was taken up by the prosecutor’s office.

Earlier, in 2016, we reported that two drones flew into Chopin Airport. Landings had to be suspended for half an hour. The case was reported to the police.

Main photo source: Artur Węgrzynowicz/tvnwarszawa.pl

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