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Morón air base closed due to attacks with stones against planes

2021-06-15T21:55:00.718Z

Pilots recorded attacks from the edge of the airport takeoff runway. 06/13/2021 8:16 PM Clarín.com Society Updated 06/13/2021 8:34 PM Aeronautical activity was suspended at the Morón air base. The authorities made the decision after intruders approached the runway and attacked a plane taking off with stones and bottles . The episode that raised the alert occurred this Saturday and was recorded by the camera carried by the pilot. From the cockpit, in the video a



06/13/2021 8:16 PM

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Updated 06/13/2021 8:34 PM

Aeronautical activity was suspended at the Morón air base.

The authorities made the decision after intruders approached the runway and

attacked

a plane taking off

with stones and bottles

.

The episode that raised the alert occurred this Saturday and was recorded by the camera carried by the pilot.

From the cockpit, in the video

a thud

is heard

amid the constant roar of the engine, as the ship takes flight.

In addition, you can see

two figures that throw the objects

from the edge of the track.

Although he continued takeoff and was able to fly without problems, the pilot later portrayed

the damage to the left wing

of the plane.

The pilots also reported that

another plane

was attacked

Due to the incident,

the authorities suspended the activity

that runs from the early hours of this Sunday, at least until midnight on Monday.

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Morón airport is one of the most important in the country.

It is the

main training facility

for pilots and the busiest civil airport for training schools.

"It is a crime, it is considered

a federal crime

. They hit the wing with a

stone and a bottle

. The plane responded, they continued with the flight and when they finished they observed the damage," said

Carlos Lupiañez

, president of Sociedad Argentina de Aviación.

Lupiañez analyzed the situation and exposed the

security problem

at the air base.

"Someone

jumped a wall

of the perimeter street, jumped a ditch,

walked 70 meters

, came to the runway with stones and bottles and threw them at planes that were taking off," considered Lupiañez, who

pointed out to the ANAC

as responsible for security on the premises.

"When you talk about aviation, you think of the commercial one. But that has less than 100 planes in the country and general aviation has about 4500 planes that we work with, that we train people," he insisted in statements to TN.

Lupiañez complained that the ANAC does not have the same vision and said that in general aviation "

we are to the good of God

."

Damage to a wing of the plane attacked with stones at the Morón air base.

"The most important airport in terms of movement does not have the security it should have, it does not have a bathroom, it does not have beacons, that is, it cannot operate at night, it has tall grass, it is not properly demarcated.

We are very forgotten

" , he delved.

Regarding the incident, he said that luckily "there were no injuries" and that the Federal Justice should take action on the matter.

"We have an aeronautical code and, within the airport, the justice that is applied is the Federal one. Everything is perfectly codified and clarified. The event on Friday and Saturday were denounced in a timely manner," he concluded.


For his part, the journalist

Norberto Dupesso 

of that channel, a specialist in the aeronautical field, said that until 15 days ago there was private security in the place, but no longer.

"There are always scenes of vandalism

. A couple of years ago in Ezeiza a horse passed in front of an airplane at the time of landing. When they began to put up the beacons they stole the beacons and they tell me that the same thing happened in Morón. I don't know understand, "he said.


Incident history


"This ship managed to take off. It was safer than having continued on the runway, because one does not know if they had not approached to steal or hit other stones and continue to break the plane," added Lupiañez in dialogue with

Todo Noticias

.


He recalled that "more than four years ago

the camps and motorcycles were common

" inside the air base, a situation that was tried to remedy with the construction of a wall.

There is still a wired sector, through which the intruders would have entered.

They attacked airplanes with bottles and stones at the Morón air base.

"In the case of Morón

there was private security

, which revolved around the base several times a day," added the head of the Argentine Aviation Society.

"When it was claimed that they, the

Air Force

, did the custody, they alleged that they only protected the interests of their sector, their hangars and their buildings," said Lupiañez.

"The Air Force

watches only its side

. We all understand that the perimeter of the field is the entire perimeter of the field. But the Air Force said that it only guarded its goods and its sector, without understanding that the intrusion of people on the runway is already something that affects them, "he added.

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Source: clarin

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