Private aircraft pilot under investigation for ‘dangerous-flying’ incident

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The incident, which allegedly occurred on 16 November last year, was first referred to the office of the Channel Islands director of civil aviation.

It was then passed to the States police, who are continuing to investigate.

The pilot is being investigated for five alleged breaches of the Air Navigation (Jersey) Law 2014.

These comprise:

  • Endangering the safety of aircraft. This article states that ‘a person shall not recklessly or negligently act in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft, or any person in the aircraft’.
  • ‘Endangering safety of any person or property’, which states that ‘a person shall not recklessly or negligently cause or permit an aircraft to endanger any person or property’.
  • Failing to comply with directions or instructions
  • Conducting an approach and landing when the visibility or relevant runway visual range is less than that specified for a Category 1 operation (a precision approach and landing with a decision height not lower than 200 feet and with either a visibility not less than 800 metres or a runway visual range not less than 550 metres)
  • Descending from a height of 1,000 feet or more above the aerodrome to a height less than 1,000 feet above the aerodrome if the reported visibility or relevant runway visual range at the aerodrome is at the time less than the specified minimum for landing.
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