When the RCMP demanded from Kingston, Ont., Youngsters in connection with a supposed terrorist plot, the locals were given a solution to two questions that had been held throughout the month by Friday.
Who keeps his noisy airplane over the city? And what exactly did they try to achieve?
As the terrorist indictment was announced at a press conference in Kingston on Friday afternoon, the authorities confirmed that RCMP had used a Pilatus airplane for surveillance in the course of the national security investigation.
Adoption put an end to the mystery that began to blur Kingston in early January, when they first heard a noise in the sky that lasted for hours after the end of the night. The sound returned regularly for several weeks and attracted great attention when residents began to express their confusion and irritation in the social media.
RCMP chief Peter Lampertuci said investigators used the plane to maintain public safety and reduce the risk, adding that the aircraft's sudden reputation did not make them accelerate their work.
Although RCMP repeatedly refused to comment on the plane before Friday, the fact that it was responsible for the noise became apparent three days earlier when the King-Whig-Standard reported that a local hunting tracker, Neil Aird, had noticed the plane of his personal radar on January 4, and corresponded to his call sign with that of the Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turbo engine.
The RCMP's air fleet includes 16 Pilatus PC-12s, including a specter specter allocated to the Ontario division. In a Spectre brochure, the Swiss manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft praises the airplane's range, fuel efficiency and ceiling height and says Specter has the ability to remain "virtually undetectable" by any supervised person.
This particular operation, of course, has not been left unnoticed by the public. In an interview with National Post earlier this week, local woman Lynn Purvis compared the sound the plane was emitting with a mosquito buzzing in a tent.
"If you're trying to be hidden, it does not work when you make so much noise," Aire told Post on Friday.
Stephen Watkins, an Ottawa IT security consultant who monitors military planes, said the specific patterns of airplane movement and flight times are clear evidence that it was observing: "There is no one else in the sky at 3 am flying donuts. "
He noted that anyone with a computer and minimal technological know-how, including organized criminals, could determine the RCMP plane, as Aird managed to achieve.
"Every Hells Angels with a laptop and USB device for $ 20, originally intended for television reception, can take this plane with very little skill," Watkins said.
"At the moment we train, we do not talk too much about it, or we should not talk about flying suspicious planes. That is, they have to fly on a different plane – like a dron, say it is taller, it's quieter that nobody would notice. "
Reflecting on the episode on Friday morning, Purvis said that it made sense that the plane was over, belonging to the RCMP, although it was initially hard to imagine why the "little old Kingston" would ever be subject to such constant supervision.
If the repetitive manifestations of the plane did not make some kingsong speak, she added, people could simply reject it as background noise.
"I think the more we talked about, the more people were aware of the noise," Purvis said. "That's how it was. This has become a huge mystery.