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Chinese Drone User Probed by Police

Newspaper article China Post

Chinese Drone User Probed by Police

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A Chinese drone user, surnamed Yang, was interrogated by Xinyi police yesterday afternoon, with officers wanting to look at the tourist's mobile devices.

Yang could face a fine of between NT$300,000 and NT$1.5 million.

In response to a video of an unmanned aerial vehicle hitting the southeast side of Taipei 101 that went viral on the July 21, National Communications Commission (NCC) spokesperson Yu Hsaio-cheng ([...]) said yesterday that the NCC only certifies the power format of drones and their remote frequency to see if they exceed regulations.

The drone smashed into Taipei 101 and crashed on Tuesday morning. The 28-year-old tourist from China later approached a 101 guard and apologized. As no one was injured and the building's glass suffered little damage, Yang was let go. Nonetheless, Taipei 101 reserves the right to prosecute in the future.

"The drone itself and its flight management are not the NCC's responsibility," said Yu.

He continued to explain that existing remote-controlled planes as well as unmanned aerial vehicles use Wi-Fi and license-free frequencies with a frequency range of 2.4 to 2.4835MHz and have a power range under 1W. The NCC only ensures that the operation frequency and power range of the abovementioned drones and receivers are within regulations; other guidelines and controls should be followed according to the Civil Aviation Law.

According to the 34th act of the current Civil Aviation Law, no racing pigeons are to be raised or allowed to fly near airports; other objects that might threaten flight safety are also restricted, including remote-control airplanes. …

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