ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – An unidentified drone crashed into a downtown St. Louis building and now police are trying to find out who it belongs to. St. Louis City Police say the incident happened at the Metropolitan Square Building at 211 North Broadway on Monday. According to reports and our partners at the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the DJI Phantom II Quadcopter was found in pieces after striking the building. Metropolitan Square is also known as one of the tallest buildings in the city. The ground and Wi-Fi controlled drone was found at 4pm on a balcony on the 30th floor and cost about $1,300.
FOX 2 asked downtown visitors what they thought about unidentified drones.
“These drones and this new technology it’s too much. Don’t buy your kids a smart phone by a football or something. It’s crazy its getting out of hand they can track us with drones and those things can fly.” Said Joshua Foster “It goes back to the whole conspiracy thing you would think they are only for military use and all of that, but we as citizens don`t need to fly drones.” said Carl Sword.
Now St. Louis City Police are looking for any information that could lead to the owner of the mystery drone. At this point the FAA prohibits the commercial use of drones without their approval. But the FAA does have rules for flying model aircraft:
FAA guidance does not address size of the model aircraft. FAA guidance says that model aircraft flights should be kept below 400 feet above ground level (AGL), should be flown a sufficient distance from populated areas and full scale aircraft, and are not for business purposes.
For more information, click on FAA regulations.
If you have information about the mystery drone call Crimestoppers at 1-866-371-tips.