Response to Media Queries on Drone Sightings in the Vicinity of Changi Airport

In response to media queries, there were confirmed sightings of drone flying in the vicinity of Changi Airport on 18 and 19 June 2019. To ensure the safety of aircraft operations and passengers, the operations of one runway were suspended for short periods of time between 11pm on 18 June and 9am on 19 June. Changi Airport continued to operate with one runway while operations on the other runway were suspended. In total, about 37 scheduled departure and arrival flights were delayed. One arrival flight was diverted to Kuala Lumpur.

A multi-agency team including the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Changi Airport Group, Singapore Armed Forces and the Singapore Police Force was activated for the search and locate operations. Investigations are ongoing.

The authorities take a serious view of errant operations of unmanned aircraft which may pose threats to aviation or endanger the personal safety of others, and will not hesitate to take enforcement action against those who contravene regulations. Offenders could face a fine not exceeding $20,000 or imprisonment for a term of up to 12 months, or both.

About the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)

The mission of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is to grow a safe, vibrant air hub and civil aviation system, making a key contribution to Singapore's success.  CAAS' roles are to oversee and promote safety in the aviation industry, develop the air hub and aviation industry, provide air navigation services, provide aviation training for human resource development, and contribute to the development of international civil aviation.

For more information, please contact:

Ms Nur Diana Jamaludin

Senior Manager
Corporate Communications Division
Tel : +65 6541 2085
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Last Updated on 03 October 2022