Empire State Building Gets Unwanted Drone Visit

Recently, the Empire State Building got an unwanted visit from a small drone, courtesy of its owner.

The Washington Post reported a man was taken into custody by New York police Thursday night after allegedly flying a drone into the Empire State Building. The drone hit the 102-story skyscraper at the 40th floor, according to WABC TV, and fell to a ledge on the 35th floor. – Read more at:

The man was reportedly “clueless” according to the New York Daily News. A 27-year-old man flew a drone into the Empire State Building — then a bit cluelessly asked the security staff to return it, cops said. “Filming w/drone, now it’s stuck on the empire state building,” Sean Riddle tweeted Thursday evening. Read more at:

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The crash brought a significant police and FBI response to the landmark at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street as a precaution. Investigators said that they do not believe the crash was intentional. Read more:

This latest happening adds to the growing list of drone incidents that have spurred the anti-drone movement. See this and this.

It behooves all drone operators to follow safety rules and policies set up by the FAA every time they fly and be more responsible. “It’s they who give a bad image to drones,” James Davis of The Droneologist said. “There are no wayward drones, only wayward drone pilots,” he continued.

To help curb incidents of drones crashing into no-fly zones such as airports, the world’s largest drone maker, DJI, has come up with a software in which flight restrictions are coded.

An article by Slate early last year reported on this. When the Phantom first shipped in January 2013, DJI hadn’t placed any restrictions on where a user could fly it. Regulations—by the FAA in the United States and other bodies elsewhere—placed restrictions on where drones could be flown, but these restrictions were not coded into the Phantom’s software. About a year ago, says Perry, DJI updated the software to prevent the drone from flying close to 3,500 airports around the world. Perry says that DJI’s intention was to look first at the largest airports in the world. However, Dubai International Airport, one of the world’s busiest, is notably missing from DJI’s list. – Read more at:

Taking photographs and capturing video footage are easily the top drone applications for consumer and commercial drones. Providing aerial photo services with the use of drones is a lucrative business.


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