8 reports of illegal drone flying near Changi Airport over past 3 years

SINGAPORE: There were eight reports of unauthorised unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, that flew within 5km of Singapore’s Changi Airport over the past three years, said Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min in Parliament on Monday (Jan 14).

However, none of these cases involved intrusions into the airport.

In Singapore, drones are prohibited from flying within 5km of an airport without a permit.

Dr Lam revealed this while responding to questions filed by four Members of Parliament. MPs, including Ms Foo Mee Har and Mr Darryl David, asked if Singapore’s Changi Airport could be vulnerable to disruptions caused by drones, such as those that happened at London’s Gatwick Airport, and whether measures are in place to prevent that.

Last month, unauthorised drone activity crippled Britain’s second-largest airport for three days in the run-up to Christmas, causing around 1,000 flights to be cancelled or diverted and wrecking

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