A man filming the Empire State Building with his drone crashed the craft into the 40th floor, and the crash sent the drone tumbling down until it came to rest on a ledge below. When the man went inside the Empire State Building to report the drone incident to security staff, he found he had another dilemma on his hands.
After asking for help in retrieving the drone he found himself arrested by New York City Police. He is facing a few charges today and he is still without his drone.
According to The Washington Post on February 5, the security guards at the Empire State Building turned 27-year-old Sean Riddle over to police after he made his confession. Riddle, who hails from New Jersey, was arrested around 8 p.m. on Thursday night and is facing the charges of reckless endangerment and aviation in and over New York City.
This is just the tip of the iceberg as the sales of drones skyrocket. It is just a matter of time before these remote controlled aircrafts start chipping away at the nation’s monuments and iconic buildings as amateur drone operators aim to get those close ups.
It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to imagine the iconic faces of Mount Rushmore getting a more chiseled look in the future as out of control drones bump into the monument while filming. Soon they will be as common place as a summer’s night mosquito buzzing by.
Even with restrictions posted as to where they can and cannot fly, it is still happening, just like this man who hit the Empire State Building this week. (Although there was no damage reported in this incident.)
The Huffington Post reports “a similar incident occurred in September when a New York City public school teacher was arrested on reckless endangerment and other charges after a drone he was operating crashed into the stands in a stadium during a U.S. Open tennis match.”
Riddle’s drone came to rest on the 35th floor ledge and after the building security staff retrieved the drone he asked if he could have his drone back. Not only did they not oblige, but “instead they called authorities.”
A man with the same name as Sean Riddle tweeted about his drone getting stuck. Sean Nivin Riddle writes on Facebook: “filming w/drone, now its stuck on the empire state building….w/security #backgroundcheck @BlueMalus @johnnypittman”
It is not known if Mr. Riddle was finally able to retrieve his drone from the Empire State Building or not. But if the picture on Twitter is any indication, probably not. The picture, which appears to be a selfie, does not show a face of a happy man.