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Man charged over airport radio hoax calls

AAP logoAAP 22/11/2016

Melbourne Airport, Melbourne © AAP Image/Tim Dornin Melbourne Airport, Melbourne A Melbourne man has been charged with making hoax calls to aircraft and air traffic control at Melbourne and Avalon airports.

The man allegedly made 16 unauthorised radio transmissions between September 5 and November 3.

He was charged on Tuesday with four counts of endangering the safety of aircraft and one count of interference likely to endanger safety or cause loss or damage.

Australian Federal Police's head of crime operations, Acting Assistant Commissioner Chris Sheehan, said the offences carried a maximum of 20 years imprisonment.

Airservices Australia says there is no current threat to the safety and security of the travelling public as a result of these alleged transmissions.

The man will face Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday afternoon.

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