From the "this is why we have rules" department comes news that a drone pilot has been been convicted of reckless endangerment in a 2015 crash that knocked a Seattle woman unconscious.
At the 2015 Seattle Pride Parade, Paul Skinner was flying a two-pound drone above the crowd, when it crashed into a building, falling onto a 25-year-old woman's head, knocking her unconscious, where she fell into her boyfriend's arms. Detective Patrick Michaud described her injuries as "not a gentle concussion." Now, Skinner has been convicted of reckless endangerment, which indicates that he created a "substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another person." The charge carries a fine of up $5,000 and up to 364 days in jail. His sentencing is scheduled for next month.
There's no word on if the FAA has decided to investigate the case or if a civil lawsuit has been filed. A spokesperson for the Seattle Police Department noted that the recent Space Needle crash is the sixth major incident (along with this crash) involving drones in the city since 2014 and that the problem is becoming a larger concern for the city. Personally, I hope the conviction serves as a deterrent and reminder that drones can become serious projectiles when they're misused.