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Drone White House: 4-Prop Device Makes a Crash Landing

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A recreational drone that landed on the White House South Lawn is seen in this U.S. Secret Service handout image taken and released on January 26, 2015. (Handout/Reuters/Landov)  

By    |   Monday, 26 Jan 2015 10:43 AM

A small drone crashed in the White House complex early Monday morning, prompting a scramble by Secret Service agents who eventually claimed the four-prop device wasn't a threat.

"On 1/26/15, at approximately 3:08 a.m., a Secret Service Uniformed Division officer posted on the South Grounds of the White House complex heard and observed a 'quad copter' device, approximately two feet in diameter, flying at a very low altitude and ultimately crashing on the southeast side of the complex. There was an immediate alert and lockdown of the complex until the device was examined and cleared," Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said in a statement, according to ABC News.

"An investigation is underway to determine the origin of this commercially available device, motive, and to identify suspects."

The president and first lady Michelle Obama were traveling in India and not at the White House at the time of the incident, but it remained unclear if the first daughters, Sasha and Malia, were home.

The Associated Press reported that White House officials said before the India trip that the girls would stay in the capital so as not to miss school.

It also remains unclear if their grandmother, Marian Robinson, who also lives at the White House, was home at the time of the drone incident.


 


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