Teen starts rumor on Facebook that plane had crashed

TROUBLE:Far Eastern Air Transport is to file a lawsuit against the 16-year-old. If he is found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 27, 2015
By: Liu Ching-hou and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

A Facebook post yesterday claiming that Far Eastern Air Transport Flight FE-107 bound for Tianjin had vanished in the mountainous areas of New Taipei City’s Pinglin District (坪林) was proven false by the airline, the police said.

Far Eastern Air Transport said it has contacted its lawyers and plans to file a lawsuit for slander and breeching the Civic Aviation Act (民用航空法) against the person who posted the rumor, adding that it would not settle out of court or retract the suit.

According to police, an aviation enthusiast surnamed Kung (龔) yesterday at about noon said on Facebook that Flight FE-107 was only flying 7,000 feet (2,134m) above Pinglin and had sent out a “Mayday” call before disappearing from the radar.

Kung, 16, went to Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) and asked Far Eastern Air Transport ground crew whether any of its aircraft had been involved in an accident, causing the baffled staff to contact the Aviation Police Bureau (APB) to request that they look into the matter.     [FULL  STORY]

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