THE man operating the drone that crashed on the White House grounds has been interviewed by the secrete service agent and has been cooperative, officials have said.
The drone owner, who incidentally is a government employee said he was using the technology recreationally, Secret Service spokesman, Brian Leary said in a statement Monday afternoon.
The owner told authorities that he was testing how it would perform in bad weather but lost track of it.
He said that he did not realize it had landed in a tree on the lawn of the White House until he saw news reports describing the incident.
The drone was believed to have flown over the White House residence after taking off in a nearby neighborhood.
The Secret Service locked down the White House shortly around 3:00 a.m. after an officer on the grounds spotted the drone flying at a very low altitude above the complex before crashing on the southeast side.
The drone was believed to have flown over the White House residence after taking off from a nearby neighborhood.
Officials said the owner of the drone called in after seeing reports of the drone on the news.