Crashing a Drone in Midtown Illegal After All

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Photo: Don McCullough's Flickr

A 34-year-old Brooklyn musician has been charged with reckless endangerment after nearly hitting a businessman during a failed flight. Although police initially said there were no laws broken, David Zablidowsky now stands accused of a misdemeanor for "flying a remote control helicopter off a balcony, losing control, causing it to crash to the ground from an unreasonable height creating a substantial risk of serious physical injury." Because this is a crime of the future, it's all on tape and cops used the found footage to find its owner — Zablidowsky can be "clearly seen at the controls of the drone." These machines are hit and miss.