Teacher Arrested in Drone Crash at U.S. Open

Sep 4, 2015  •  Post A Comment

A crash landing by a drone at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships led to the arrest of a New York City public school teacher Thursday night.

The Wall Street Journal reports: “Daniel Varley, 26 years old, was charged with reckless endangerment after he crash-landed the device in the upper stands at Louis Armstrong Stadium of the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing just before 9 p.m., police said.

“He was also charged with reckless operation of a drone and operating a drone in a New York City park outside of a prescribed area for doing so.”

The incident disrupted a night match between Flavia Pennetta and Monica Niculescu. Play was stopped while Police and fire officials checked the device. Authorities later tracked down Varley at the park where he had launched the drone.

Pennetta said she initially thought the incident was about a bomb, and told the AP it was “a little bit scary, I have to say.”

No one was injured, the report notes.

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