Hong Kong police have arrested three men for flying drones over the Hong Kong ePrix race at the weekend.
The men were arrested in Central district at approximately 4.30pm on Sunday for contravening the 1995 Air Navigation (Hong Kong) Order after three drones were spotted flying over the race track. Police cited concern over public safety as the reason for the arrest.
According to the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) website, “model aircraft shall not be flown over populated and congested areas.” Model aircraft may also “not be flown over, or close to, any object or installation that would present a risk to safety in the event of damage due to any impact by the model aircraft.”
The CAD also specifies that model aircraft should not be flown over Victoria Harbour and its coastal areas, as well as other key locations including Hong Kong International Airport.
The men have reportedly been released on bail and instructed to report back next month.
The inaugural Hong Kong ePrix was hailed a huge success by organisers, with 22,000 spectators watching the action in Central. The race was won by reigning champion Sebastien Buemi for Renault e.dams. ABT Schaefller Audi Sport’s Lucas di Grassi came in a close second, with Mahindra Racing’s Nick Heidfeld rounding off the top three.