Officials with the Berlin police announced on Friday that law enforcement authorities had arrested an unidentified 32-year-old man after he allegedly pretended to be an air traffic controller and made radio contact with several aircraft, giving false flight orders.
A release issued by officials indicates the individual reportedly contacted air traffic over a period of six months on multiple occasions, some of which included state and federal helicopters and passenger and transport aircraft.
In an effort to track down the individual, officials deployed a police helicopter to Berlin’s eastern Koepenick district late Thursday. Moments afterward, officials successfully pinpointed the suspect’s location and took him into custody that night.
After conducting a search of the Koepenick home, police discovered two radios that transmitted on the frequencies needed to make contact with nearby aircraft. Both devices were confiscated by police.
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Officials described the suspect as having become increasingly professional with his communications, but gave “potentially dangerous” instructions to pilots.
Police say the suspect’s actions did not cause any accidents.