Teen charged over hoax calls

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

SYD­NEY: A teenager ac­cused of mak­ing hoax calls to pi­lots, which saw at least one pas­sen­ger plane change al­ti­tude and course, has been charged with en­dan­ger­ing the safety of air­craft.

Paul Sant, 19, was ar­rested fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into 16 separate in­stances of unau­tho­rised ra­dio trans­mis­sions be­tween Septem­ber and Novem­ber at Mel­bourne air­port and nearby Avalon air­port over a two-month pe­riod to Nov 3, caus­ing in­ter­fer­ence with air traf­fic con­trol.

In one in­ci­dent, a Vir­gin Aus­tralia flight from the Gold Coast to Mel­bourne changed its al­ti­tude and course al­legedly un­der the in­struc­tion of the teen, who is ac­cused of tap­ping into re­stricted ra­dio fre­quen­cies.

“The of­fences carry a max­i­mum penalty of up to 20 years’ jail,” the Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice said.

The man was charged with four counts of en­dan­ger­ing the safety of an air­craft and one of in­ter­fer­ence likely to cause loss or dam­age.

He was de­nied bail when he ap­peared in court with re­ports cit­ing his lawyer as say­ing he suf­fered from autism and de­pres­sion. – AFP

... Barack Obama re­acts af­ter par­don­ing the Na­tional Thanks­giv­ing turkey in the Rose Gar­den of the White House in Wash­ing­ton on Wed­nes­day. The an­nual tra­di­tion sees the US pres­i­dent spare two tur­keys – the cen­tre­piece of most hol­i­day ta­bles – from the carv­ing knife. “I want to take a mo­ment to recog­nise the brave tur­keys who weren’t so lucky, who didn’t get to ride the gravy train to free­dom, who met their fate with courage and sac­ri­fice and proved they weren’t chicken,” Obama said – prompt­ing amused groans from those present.

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