YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming (KUSA) In a first-of-its-kind federal prosecution, a German national who crashed a drone into Yellowstone National Park’s Lake Yellowstone has received one year of unsupervised probation as well as a one-year ban from the park, 9Wants To Know learned.
Andreas Meissner, 37, operated an unmanned aircraft – known as a Phantom 2 – over the marina at Lake Yellowstone on July 18. The drone crashed shortly after takeoff after appearing to suffer power loss. The drone and a video card located inside an attached GoPro camera were eventually recovered by a diver 10 days later.
The crash came a month after the National Park Service banned the use of unmanned aircraft throughout the national park system. Two other drone operators face similar federal charges.
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