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Drone Operator Fined After Almost Hitting NYC Pedestrian

Two weeks after a judge overturned the first U.S. fine for recklessly flying a drone, the government tested its authority again by citing the operator of an unmanned helicopter that crash-landed 20 feet from a pedestrian in New York City.

The Federal Aviation Administration fined David Zablidowsky $2,200 for a September incident in which he flew a quad-copter drone off a building on East 38th Street in Manhattan. The FAA said Zablidowsky didn’t get permission from air-traffic controllers to fly the drone, which hit two high-rises before crashing near Grand Central Terminal.