US Open: Beware of a drone crashing into the stadium

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New York, Sep 10: Next time when you head to a stadium to enjoy any sport, beware of the aerial attacks!

For fans at sporting venues, it will be imperative from now on to keep one eye on what is happening over their heads apart from following the on-field action.

File photo: Adan Wadley, of Dunwoody, Georgia, wears a drone hat as he protests against the use of drones

Well, the warning is about drones hovering around as the players sweat it out in the middle.

Last week, at the US Open tennis tournament, a drone crashed into one of the stands. Luckily, nobody was in that section of the Louis Armstrong court and major injuries were avoided.

This was not the first in the US. At a football game last week, a similar incident was reported at the University of Kentucky.

"At approximately 8.27 PM on Thursday, September 03, a drone flying from the east flew into the southwest corner of Louis Armstrong during the Flavia Pennetta Vs Monica Niculescu match.

"No spectators were in the immediate area of the crash and there were no injuries. The NYPD (New York Police Department) responded and is conducting an ongoing investigation," a statement from United State Tennis Association (USTA) said of the incident.

"If there had been spectators, it would have hit them and done a lot of damage," Italy's Pennetta said.

Later, a teacher from New York was arrested for crashing the drone. "A teacher from New York has been arrested for allegedly crashing a drone into an empty section of seats at the US Open tennis tournament.

"Daniel Verley, 26, faces charges of reckless endangerment and operating a drone in a New York City public park outside of a prescribed area," The Guardian newspaper said.

This latest episode of crashing the drone into stadium, reopens the debate of whether such flying objects need to be banned or not.

OneIndia News

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Story first published: Thursday, September 10, 2015, 12:06 [IST]
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