FBI investigating drone crash at Metropolitan Square Building

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The FBI is assisting St. Louis police who are investigating the crash of a camera-carrying drone into a downtown skyscraper Monday.

There's no indication anyone has come forward to claim the pilot-less aircraft.

It crashed into the 30th floor balcony of the Metropolitan Square Building on Broadway.

The federal aviation administration does not allow most commercial use of drones and restricts hobbyists to fly them below 400 feet.

But more regulations are due next year.

The general manager of the mark twain hobby center says it’s almost impossible to trace a drone back to an owner because stores don't normally record the serial number as part of the sale.

Drone found on 30th floor balcony of Metropolitan Square Building


  • bs1

    The FAA lost very badly in federal court a few months back when they tried to claim a prohibition on commercial use of UAVs. As of this date there is no such FAA restriction that has any force in law.

  • WingingIt74

    I fly RC planes, helicopters and quadcopters as a hobby. My question is why is the FBI involved? I see this going very wrong for the many private individuals who enjoy RC flying and do it safe and respectfully. My question, what is the owner up against, who hasn’t stepped forward?

  • Brittany

    There is a HUGE difference between drones and toy helicopters. All the ‘drones’ (which are actually just toys) seen here are all hobby related. Drones may have the same components, but manning a drone requires you to have a first person view in order to fly it, seeing things in real-time while they happen. These toys on the other hand, you can mount a camera and film, but must retrieve and upload to a computer in order to view it.

    • WingingIt74

      Drone: an unmanned aircraft or ship that can navigate autonomously, without human control or beyond line of sight, i.e. the GPS of a U.S. spy drone.

      Brittany, some of what you are describing is FPV or first person view, which entirely would not be considered as a drone.

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