Two flying objects seen over Komtar most likely drones

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 19 Jan 2017

GEORGE TOWN: Two purported UFOs seen flying over Komtar in a short video that has gone viral, are most likely drones.

The 18-second video, uploaded on Facebook at 1.05pm on Tuesday, shows two white objects flying side by side above the iconic tower.

Warren Tan, 29, a drone pilot with Sevena Networks and an IT consultant, said although the shapes of the unidentified flying objects did not resemble a drone, it could be the only rational explanation.

“It looks slightly egg-shaped while a drone is symmetrical. Maybe it’s a fixed-wing drone,” he said when contacted yesterday.

Tan, who owns a white-coloured DJI Phantom 4 pro, plans to fly it up to about the same height and see if his drone would look similar.

“Komtar is 250m above sea level and I estimate that the UFOs are about 100m above Komtar’s roof.

“It is an easy altitude for the DJI Phantom to fly and I’ll give it a try,” he said.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said if the white objects in the video were drones, they should not be flying that high.

“The drone operators would need permission from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to do so,” he said when contacted.

The Penang DCA could not be reached for comments at press time.