German man arrested for intruding on air traffic control radio, directing aircraft

German man arrested for intruding on air traffic control radio, directing aircraft
Hand-held ham radio (Baofeng UV-5R). YouTube video (The Smokin Ape)

[Ed. – It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world out there.]

A man has been arrested in Berlin on allegations he made radio contact with air traffic, including police helicopters, and gave fake flight orders while impersonating an aviation official, German police said Friday.

The 32-year-old, whose identity wasn’t released in line with German privacy laws, was arrested Thursday night in the capital’s eastern Koepenick district, police said.

Police were able to swoop in on his apartment after he made contact with a police helicopter that was dispatched to the neighborhood in the hope of flushing him out. …

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The man is alleged to have made contact with pilots of passenger and transport aircraft, as well as state and federal police helicopters, over the past six months, giving “potentially dangerous” instructions and becoming increasingly professional with his communications.

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