Yellowstone Drone Pilot Facing Minor Charges

JACKSON, Wyo. -- A German man who crashed a drone into Yellowstone National Park in July is facing misdemeanor charges.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that Andreas Meissner of Koenigswinter, Germany, was charged with four misdemeanors, including violating a park ban on drones.

Prosecutors filed the charges in Cheyenne federal magistrate court on Aug. 27.

Park rangers say Meissner was flying a drone and filming when the drone lost power and crashed near the Great Village Marina on Yellowstone Lake in July. He was filming a documentary about a charity cycling tour.

The National Park Service banned drones in all national parks in June. Rangers in Yellowstone and nearby Teton National Park have issued a handful of citations for illegal drone flying this summer.


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