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Protest targets noisy airplanes

HUNDREDS of residents gathered at Shanghai's Hongqiao International Airport yesterday to protest against heavy noise from airplanes and the hidden risk that the planes might crash into their buildings due to the short distance between the airport's runway and residential areas.

The 160-plus residents, mainly elderly people from four complexes located around the airport, filled the first floor of the airport's Terminal 2 from 2pm.

Sitting silently on the floor, the protesters held banners accusing the airport of "murdering them with noise pollution and hidden danger of accidents."

For five years, residents living in Minhang District's Huacao Town, about 3 kilometers from the airport, have been complaining about the loud noise from airplanes taking off or landing.

"I want some sleep," shouted an old woman waving a banner. "I can't sleep in constant fear and noise."

Airport officials yesterday refused to comment.

Captain Cassidy, an Australian who has been a pilot for more than 30 years and flies in and out of Hongqiao regularly, said he believed the high-rises near the airport have somehow changed the wind direction, making the wind more gusty. "On that occasion, pilots have to rapidly adjust the airplanes' engines for landing or taking off, and the power changes make more noise."

Resident Xu Jianlin told Shanghai Daily that Shanghai Construction and Transportation Committee once defined the complex where he lived as the "obstacles" to the airport in a letter, but the committee said the problem was very difficult to resolve.


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