Semey airport runway was left without lighting after theft

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The transport police uncovered the theft of expensive lighting equipment from the airport of Semey, refers to the press service of the Transport Police Department reporting.

The Linear Police at Semey station received a call from the International Airport of the city about the theft by unknown persons of 4 entrance lights of approaching lighting equipment on the runway. Thus, the Semey airport suffered significant material damage of 1,440,268 tenge, the head of the Transport Police Department Onal Bekiyev said.

According to him, a pre-trial investigation was launched and in the operational-search measures, a 36-year-old resident of Semey, who had previously been repeatedly convicted of similar crimes, was identified and detained on suspicion of committing this theft. He said that he had stolen the equipment and handed it over to a scrap metal collection point for personal gain.

“By the verdict of the court No. 2 of Semey, the man was found guilty and sentenced to 3 years in prison,” he added.

The approach lights are used to illuminate the runway, for a safe and comfortable landing of aircraft at night, at dusk or in bad weather conditions. During landing and takeoff, the aircraft pilot uses these lights to control the position of the aircraft, as the view from the cockpit is limited.

18:29, 28 July 2021

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