Helicopter seized in Taitung in government crackdown on illegal flights

Focus Taiwan
Date: 10/17/2020
By: Tyson Lu and Kay Liu

Photo courtesy of the Taitung District Prosecutors Office

Taipei, Oct. 17 (CNA) An unregistered helicopter was seized in Taitung and the owner held for questioning Friday on suspicion that he had been flying without a license, as the government tightens its enforcement of the Civil Aviation Act, a prosecutor said Saturday.

The man, identified only by the surname Chen (陳), was questioned and later released on bail of NT$250,000 (US$8,686.43), while the Robinson R22 Beta II helicopter found at his residence was seized, the Taitung District Prosecutors Office said.

During questioning, Chen denied that he had been flying the helicopter recently, as was reported to the local police, and said he had not flown the unregistered helicopter since he learned it was illegal to do so, according to prosecutor Tseng Yang-ling (曾揚嶺).

The investigation followed the Civil Aeronautics Administration's (CAA's) announcement Tuesday of an air safety campaign against flights by unregistered helicopters and light aircraft, as well as unlicensed pilots.    [FULL  STORY]

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