Drone shuts down Taipei Songshan Airport

Authorities to request maximum fine of NT$1.5 million

Taiwan News   
Date: 2019/03/15 
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

A plane on the tarmac at Taipei Songshan Airport, with the Grand Hotel in the background. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Two appearances by a drone shut down Taipei Songshan Airport Friday evening, causing delays and even the diversion of one flight to Taichung, according to the Apple Daily.

By 8 p.m. Friday, the problem had been resolved and flights resumed their normal schedule, but the authorities said they would find the culprit, who could face a fine of up to NT$1.5 million (US$48,500).

A first incident occurred just before 7 p.m., which caused an immediate shutdown of the airport in downtown Taipei City.

Since the unmanned object was not found, officials assumed it had left the area and they allowed services to resume at 7:17 p.m., the Apple Daily reported.    [FULL  STORY]

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