Secret Service: Drone that crashed on White House grounds was being used recreationally

From CNN:

Washington (CNN) The man operating the drone that crashed on the White House grounds called the U.S. Secret Service on Monday morning to "self-report" his involvement in the incident.

The drone's owner and operator is a government employee who said he was using the drone recreationally, a Secret Service source told CNN. He was interviewed by Secret Service agents and has been fully cooperative, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said in a statement Monday afternoon.

"Initial indications are that this incident occurred as a result of recreational use of the device," Leary said.

The Secret Service locked down the White House shortly after 3 a.m. after an officer on the south grounds of the White House spotted the drone, described as a two-foot wide "quad copter," flying above the White House grounds before crashing on the southeast side of the complex. The officer saw the drone flying at a very low altitude.

The drone was believed to have flown over the White House residence after taking off in a neighborhood east of the White House, a Secret Service source told CNN.

A second source said the flight path had not been fully confirmed by investigators.

The Secret Service will continue to investigate the incident through "corroborative interviews, forensic examinations and reviews of all other investigative leads," Leary said.

Full article here White House Drone

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on January 26, 2015 at 6:03pm

From the picture in the article it appears to be a DJI Phantom. Score somemore negative publicity for sUAS operators:-(.


Comment by Darrell Burkey on January 26, 2015 at 6:45pm

The "Phantom Menace" strikes again. 

Comment by Mike T on January 26, 2015 at 7:16pm

it's finally happened....

Comment by Andrew Rabbitt on January 26, 2015 at 8:18pm

It might have been recreational use, but I bet he didn't inhale...

Comment by Rob Dunbar on January 26, 2015 at 8:55pm

Maybe they should throw the book at this guy. There has been a flight restriction for 30 miles around D.C. for several years. 

Comment by CliffN on January 26, 2015 at 9:43pm

its over ..... any more of this and this hobby/industry for recreation and commercial use is screw

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on January 26, 2015 at 11:38pm

Stupid is as stupid does..

Comment by Ben on January 27, 2015 at 2:42am

settle down guys, this isn't going to end hobby. If 2 guys can jump the fence and one of them infiltrates the white house, I would make the legal argument that the fence is the problem... it doesn't keep a damn thing out. MEAN WHILE IN TEXAS, ON THE SOUTHERN BOARDER...!

I almost guarantee you that the drone was shot with a scrambler signal that close to white house, and that's why it fell. If it wasn't for the damn NSA, they caused the safety hazard by making flights unsafe with out a proper warning to the public.

Comment by F1P on January 27, 2015 at 6:32am
Comment by AKcopter on January 27, 2015 at 8:29am

While the above issue is bound to grab more eye-balls considering the white-house was involved but an earlier more serious issue occurred when a hobbyist drone being flown by a reckless civilian nearly missed a commercial airplane at London's Heathrow airport...


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