Drone in close call with New York police helicopter, two arrested

NEW YORK Tue Jul 8, 2014 9:04am EDT

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two men accused of flying a drone so close to a New York police helicopter that it was forced off course to avoid crashing have been charged with reckless endangerment, police said on Tuesday.

The close call took place at 2,000 feet (610 meters) high in dark skies near the George Washington Bridge just after midnight on Monday, said Detective Annette Markowski.

The drone was "circling and heading toward an NYPD helicopter, which forced the officers to change course to avoid collision," Markowski said.

The drone got within 800 feet (244 meters) of the helicopter, which was operated by two police officers on routine patrol, she said.

Arrested and charged with first-degree reckless endangerment were Mendoza Wilkins, 34, and Castro Remy, 23, both of Manhattan, she said.

(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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JamVee wrote:

Jul 08, 2014 10:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Hobbes7 wrote:
I don’t get it. There doesn’t seem to be any oversight or real control over who can fly drones and where they can fly them. This the third story like this I have seen in the last month or so. It’s like anybody can fly one. Maybe that will all change after someone loads explosives on a drone and flies it into a government building.

Jul 08, 2014 11:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
aidtopia wrote:
Drone is a politically and emotionally charged codeword for a hobbyist’s radio-controlled helicopter or plane.

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