Latest in Dji

Image credit:

A drunk intelligence worker crashed that drone near the White House

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
January 27, 2015
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

When you heard that someone crash-landed a drone on the White House's grounds at 3AM on a Monday morning, did you suspect that the pilot was hammered? Well, you're right. Officials have revealed that the operator was a drunk National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency worker who decided that the middle of a cold night was a great time to fly his friend's drone (a DJI Phantom, shown above) near the President's home turf. He didn't realize what he'd done until his pals told him that his escapades were all over the news. Give credit to this unnamed man for doing the right thing afterwards, though -- he notified both his employer and the Secret Service to set their minds at ease.

It's good to know that the incident was just the result of having too much to drink, although it does underscore the White House's current inability to cope with drone incursions. At two feet across, the Phantom wouldn't have been spotted by a radar system designed to detect regular aircraft and missiles. If the White House's defenders want to protect against far more sinister uses of drones, they'll have to update their technology, improve their perimeter patrols, or both.

[Image credit: US Secret Service]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

NASA shares first images from OSIRIS-REx's touchdown on Bennu

NASA shares first images from OSIRIS-REx's touchdown on Bennu

View
Get ready to raid 'Ghost of Tsushima' on October 30th

Get ready to raid 'Ghost of Tsushima' on October 30th

View
Google Fi's phone subscription gets you a Pixel 4a for just $15 per month

Google Fi's phone subscription gets you a Pixel 4a for just $15 per month

View
Xbox chief Phil Spencer hints at an xCloud streaming stick

Xbox chief Phil Spencer hints at an xCloud streaming stick

View
'Uncharted' set photos offer our first look at Tom Holland as Nathan Drake

'Uncharted' set photos offer our first look at Tom Holland as Nathan Drake

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr