A 70-year-old Luzhou resident was spotted flying a kite at an altitude of between 400 and 500 meters. It was an impressive stunt—all the more so because he was flying it inside the controlled airspace of the Luzhou Airport (泸州机场)—while an airplane was landing, no less.
Another resident surnamed Liu spotted the kite-flyer during a walk by the bank of the Yangtze River. At the same time, Liu also saw that a plane preparing to land was flying lower than the kite. Shocked, Liu immediately notified the Luzhou Airport Traffic Control Office.
Air-traffic controllers called Jiangan District Police Station (江阳区公安分局), and police officers were dispatched to the airport. At this time, the kite-flyer, surnamed Quan, was still nonchalantly flying his kite.
The civil aviation staff explained to Quan that the place he was standing within the airport's restricted area, and flying objects is prohibited. Quan merely responded that he was well aware that planes pass by, and, furthermore, "I can control the kite."
After extended persuasion, Quan grudgingly retrieved his kite.
The staff later told reporters that the Luzhou section is the preparation area for landing planes; and the sky above the riverbank is very difficult to clear. This is especially the case in spring, when citizens frequently fly kites and other objects.