Space Needle Drone Pilot Charged With Reckless Endangerment | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 11.20.17

Airborne-Unmanned 11.21.17

Airborne 11.22.17

AMA Drone Report 11.16.17

Airborne 11.17.17

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne 11.20.17

Airborne-Unmanned 11.21.17

Airborne 11.22.17

AMA Drone Report 11.16.17

Airborne 11.17.17

Fri, Nov 10, 2017

Space Needle Drone Pilot Charged With Reckless Endangerment

Aircraft Impacted The Top Of The Structure On New Year's Eve

The 20-year-old Pasco, WA man who was operating a drone that impacted the top of the Space Needle in Seattle on New Year's Eve 2016 has been charged with reckless endangerment, and faces a fine and jail time.

The Seattle Times reports that Cole Kelly was operating the drone that impacted an area near pyrotechnicians who were getting ready for a midnight fireworks show to ring in the new year. There were about a half-dozen people on top of the iconic structure when the incident occurred at about 1400 local time.

Dave Mandapat, a spokesman for the Space Needle, said that the structure was undamaged by the incident. The drone was recording video at the time of the crash.

Police allege Kelly violated federal law because he was operating the drone above 400 feet. According to a news release from the Seattle City Attorney's office, the Seattle Municipal Code ways a person is guilty of reckless endangerment "when he recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another person.”

It is alleged in the current case that, when found, “One of the drone’s spinning blades was  dangerously near wiring from one of the [pyrotechnics] boxes, one motor was well wrapped up in the strap, one blade had shattered, and the drone itself was kicking around threatening the wiring of the pyrotechnic devices.”

City Attorney Pete Holmes said in the release that this is the second time his office has charged reckless endangerment in a case in which the operator mishandled a drone, causing serious damage. In January this year a jury convicted an Oak Harbor man for his illegal operation of a drone at the Gay Pride Parade in 2015, in which a woman suffered a concussion.

Kelly is due in court on November 22.

(Image from YouTube video posted by GeekWire)

FMI: www.seattle.gov

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 11.22.17: AOPA Plays Icon Apologist, Lancair Mako, Mooney Ovation Ultra

Also: Airbus A380 Deal, Acting PM Belize In A/C Accident, Hartzell Propeller, Crop Duster Shooting ANN’s senior editorial staff was stunned to read a recent article by the AO>[...]

Airborne 11.22.17: AOPA Plays Icon Apologist, Lancair Mako, Mooney Ovation Ultra

Also: Airbus A380 Deal, Acting PM Belize In A/C Accident, Hartzell Propeller, Crop Duster Shooting ANN’s senior editorial staff was stunned to read a recent article by the AO>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.23.17)

"We take great pride in our Goodyear Blimp crews teaming up with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to support Toys for Tots." Source: Paul Fitzhenry, senior vice president, Global Comm>[...]

AMA Drone Report 11.16.17: Drone Registration, Drone Journalists Jailed

Also: Terror Advisory, DRL Sim, SureFly Octocopter, Space Needle Drone Pilot, FAI-ASFC World Fly-In Expo A bill that includes a return to civilian drone registration has been inclu>[...]

ANN Wishes Our Readers, Listeners And Viewers A VERY Happy Thanksgiving Holiday

Yes... We Will Be On A Holiday Schedule For The Rest Of Week As the Aero-News staff observes the US holiday of Thanksgiving on Thursday, we wanted to let our readers know that ANN >[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC