White House Drone-Crasher Was a Drunk US Govt. Employee

By Ashley Feinberg on at

On Monday morning the White House was in lockdown after a rogue DJI Phantom drone crashed into the lawn. According to The New York Times, the perpetrator was a National Geospatial Intelligence Agency employee who'd been drinking and droning at a nearby a flat when the UAV went AWOL.

Our tipsy pilot decided to just sort of whistle and walk away after the incident, "despite fearing that the drone had flown over the White House. After friends told him about news reports on the drone Monday morning, he decided to contact the authorities," The New York Times reported.

The whole thing is particularly ironic considering that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is tasked with collecting and analysing intelligence for the US Department of Defense among other US agencies. The sorts of intelligence one might gather using, say, drones, for instance.

While this particular drone was purely of the recreational variety, the man who'd been operating it swears that it "belonged to a friend of his". He was just holding it for a friend. Promise. [NYTimes]