22 Sep '11, 2am

Signals from Batam radio stations affected Singapore flights

Signals from Batam radio stations affected Singapore flights

The Indonesian authorities have shut down 10 private radio stations in Batam, after pilots flying in and out of Changi Airport (top) and Batam's Hang Nadim Airport reported interference in communicating with air traffic controllers. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN By Karamjit Kaur, Aviation Correspondent The Indonesian authorities have shut down 10 private radio stations in Batam, after pilots flying in and out of Changi Airport and Batam's Hang Nadim Airport reported interference in communicating with air traffic controllers. The pilots said they often heard songs aired from radio stations, especially during take-off and landings, the Jakarta Post newspaper reported on Wednesday. The authorities in Indonesia received the complaints in June and, after conducting their checks, turned off the stations' transmitters on Sept 14. The move was for safety reasons, said the Batam off...

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