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NYPD: Drone came within 800 feet of chopper

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Updated: 7/08 6:28 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Police have arrested two people for operating a drone over the George Washington Bridge that came within 800 feet of a police helicopter.

They say the Aviation Unit helicopter spotted the small unmanned aircraft near the bridge at 12:21 a.m. Tuesday. The drone continued to circle the bridge, forcing the chopper to change course to avoid it.

The chopper pilot notified the 34th Precinct in Washington Heights after observing the drone land on a parked vehicle.

When police arrived, they recovered two drones with remote controls.

Police arrested Wilkins Mendoza and Remy Castro, both of Manhattan, on reckless endangerment charges. Information about their lawyer wasn't immediately available.

The Federal Aviation Administration hasn't set standards for certifying the safety of drones.

 

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