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Seattle Police Investigate Drone Flight at Space Needle After Crash Report

By    |   Friday, 25 Jul 2014 09:31 AM

Seattle police launched an investigation this week into a possible drone crash after patrons at the Space Needle reported they saw a small quadrocopter possibly slam into a window on the observation deck.

Space Needle security guards called police around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after patrons saw the drone fly around the deck and return to a nearby hotel through a fifth-floor window, The Seattle Times reported Thursday.

After inspection, officials confirmed the drone flight but reported that there appeared to be no damage to the Space Needle. The Times said the drone's owner admitted that he had indeed flown the camera-equipped craft by the famous landmark, but insisted it hadn't hit anything.

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After showing officers footage of the flight, they were able to confirm his story. They said the footage also showed several people noticing and waving at the drone. The owner promised officers he wouldn't make any more unauthorized flights in the city.

The unnamed man said he was an out-of-state employee working for Amazon, which is based in Seattle. He claimed he purchased the drone at a hobby shop, but many have speculated it could be one of the remote-controlled delivery crafts Amazon announced it was developing late last year.

NBC News reported that the FAA has restricted commercial drone flights in most areas for the time being, however Amazon has petitioned to allow them in Seattle, presumably to begin testing drone-based home delivery for customer orders. Amazon's drones are now said to be able to deliver packages up to 5 pounds at 50 mph.

Many say flying drones over populated areas is dangerous, and government regulations should require more safety measures for the small aircrafts, such as parachutes.




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Seattle police launched an investigation this week into a possible drone crash after patrons at the Space Needle reported they saw a small quadrocopter possibly slam into a window on the observation deck.
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