Drone causes trouble; mystery mongering site calls it “UFO scare”

Drones, drones, drones. They’re everywhere and causing problems.

Police arrest four in Beijing after mysterious drone forces diversion of civilian planes | South China Morning Post.

Four employees at a Beijing company were detained by police pending a criminal investigation on Monday after they flew an unmanned aircraft near the Chinese capital’s airport, forcing the diversion of two airplanes and causing multiple flight delays.

The suspects, whose identities were not disclosed, were detained on suspicion of “endangering public security” after they were linked to the self-modified drone that cruised near Beijing International Airport and “seriously interrupted flight orders” on Sunday, local media reported on Tuesday.

Operators of unmanned aircraft must get permission for flight plans from aviation authorities. So this was a serious offense. Those who operate airborne unmanned video drones are banned from entering the 15-kilometre range of airports and from flying higher than 100 metres on flight courses.

Note in the original article, there is zero mention of UFOs at all. But… don’t let that stop you from manufacturing a different angle on the story. Open Minds UFO news page used the misleading headline “UFO causes flights to be diverted in Beijing“, noting it as a “UFO scare” that caused the disruption. Since the device looks to have been promptly identified, why the hype? Because that’s what gets clicks. I find that annoying and rather dishonest. The drone angle is disturbing enough. It’s not “UFO news” at all. It’s IFO news. I do dislike mystery mongering and click bait. Can you tell?


  3 comments for “Drone causes trouble; mystery mongering site calls it “UFO scare”

  1. Gary
    January 1, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    The article says that it was modified from a model. The picture you posted is of something that is 36 feet long. It was probably less than 1/10th that size.

  2. January 1, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    I’m an airplane & warbird nut & find drones boring, especially because of all the stories that they’re UFOs, & yes get the same OVNI crap in French press. Usually quicker to debunk & make jokes about them here. Get used to em folks they’re here to stay & will become more & more frequent in our skies. If researching if a sighting is a drone, there is now a site dronesstragram which shows aerial photos & videos from amateurs with camera equipped drones, that may show up when some of them have being flying over particular areas. The night photos are of course particularly popular, so we’re going to get more & more reports of these damn things flashing or lighting up night skies whole taking photos & videoing.

  3. January 1, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    The South China Morning Post doesn’t even use the word “unidentified.”

    Open Minds must covet all the UFO stories generated by the private planes that illegally entered the airspace of Xiaoshan Airport in 2010.

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