Jeju Airport is riddled with drones… Enter the runway, take off and land once ‘all-stop’

A view of the control tower at Jeju International Airport. /news1

A drone flew into Jeju International Airport, a national security facility, causing chaos when takeoffs and landings were halted.

According to Jeju Airport Corporation Airports Korea on the 17th, at about 2:21 pm on the same day, a drone was found west of the second checkpoint of Jeju Airport. The drone was found to enter the airport runway and then exit the airport in the direction of the Jeju sewage treatment plant.

Flight operations at Jeju Airport were suspended for 15 minutes from 2:30 pm as drones flew into the airport. It is not yet known who piloted the drone.

According to the Aviation Safety Act, you must obtain ‘flight approval’ to fly a drone within a radius of 3 to 9.3 km from the center of Jeju Airport, which is the highest grade of an important national facility. Breaching this will result in fines of up to 2 million or fines for negligence.

It was confirmed that the drone that flew that day was not approved.

Before this, on February 24, around 3-4 pm, a drone launched by tourist A from an outdoor parking lot in Dodu-dong, Jeju-si, which belongs to the no-fly zone, fell on the roof of the home. passenger terminal.

A drone was found on the roof of Jeju Airport on March 13th

Aviation authorities were noted to be open to security as it was revealed that they did not even know the drone had flown for 18 days until they discovered it on March 13.

Meanwhile, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Korea Airports Corporation, the Korea Airports Corporation, together with KAIST, developed a prototype of an ‘urban drone detection radar’ that can be operated in urban areas with complex radio wave environments, and starts drone detection radar 2 at Jeju International Airport from 2021. The machine is in operation. The Korea Airports Corporation said, “This drone detection radar can detect even a small drone more than 2.5km away from the airport boundary, and unlike general radar, it has excellent performance in identifying drones and birds through waveform analysis the radar signal.”


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