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Student Charged With Endangerment After Drone Crashes Into Football Stadium

Derrick Threatt



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A University of Kentucky law student was charged with wanton endangerment after a drone the authorities said he was flying crashed into the campus’ crowded stadium ahead of the school’s season-opening American football game, campus police said Friday.

No injuries were reported. The drone, which had hovered near parachuting military skydivers, crashed on September 5 in the suite level of Commonwealth Stadium before the Kentucky Wildcats’ matchup with Louisiana-Lafayette. The student, 24-year-old Peyton Wilson of Louisville, declined comment. Wilson was cited and must soon appear in court to answer a charge that carries a penalty of up to 12 months in jail.

It’s the second time in a week that charges were levied against somebody who crashed a drone into a sports venue. A 26-year-old man was charged on September 4 for allegedly crashing a drone into an empty seating area during a match of the US Open in New York.

Kentucky campus police chief Joe Monroe told a news conference Friday that Wilson had flown a drone over a soccer match last week, too.

“It’s very dangerous when you have a remote-controlled, non-piloted aircraft that’s flying in areas where there are lots of people,” Monroe said.

The Federal Aviation Administration restricts airspace around stadium events for three nautical miles, including up to 3,000 feet in the air.


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