Teen charged over hoax calls
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
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