Man facing $250K fine and prison time after hitting police helicopter with drone

mavic pro drone
(Image credit: DJI)

It's been recently reported that a man from California has pled guilty for hitting a police helicopter with his drone. Drone user Andrew Hernandez could now potentially be facing a fine of up to $250,000 and up to one year in a federal prison. 

Hernandez flew his DJI Mavic Pro drone into a police helicopter in September last year. Hernandez was attempting to get a better view of a crime scene in Hollywood near his home. However, launching his drone into the air meant that he flew it directly into the flight path of a police helicopter. 

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Usman Dawood

Usman is a commercial and architectural photographer based in West Yorkshire, who has been working professionally for over seven years. He has also spent over four years as a writer for the biggest photography sites in the world, including Staff Writer for Digital Camera World, senior staff writer for FStoppers, and tech writer for Petapixel. 

With a particular interest in technology developments, high-resolution imaging and the high-end cameras, Usman has been on the cutting edge of camera news as well as writing features about medium format systems and global shutters, and has reviewed some of the latest Leica cameras as well as a tripod that’s even taller than Andre the Giant!