Chinese army helicopter shot down drone that sparked security alert over Beijing

A Chinese military helicopter shot down a drone that sparked a major security alert and delayed commercial flights over Beijing after flying in restricted airspace, Chinese media has reported.

The emergency caused by the unmanned 2.3-metre long drone last December 29 led rapid-response forces and military aircraft from 10 different People’s Liberation Army regiments and surface-to-air missiles to go into battle mode, The People’s Liberation Army Daily reported.

Three people who flew the drone went on trial in Pinggu, in the far east of Beijing Municipality, on October 22, charged with endangering public security, the report said.

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