Dutch tourist fined for crashing drone in Yellowstone hot spring

By REUTERS
September 26, 2014 06:58

A Dutch tourist has been ordered to pay penalties of more than $3,000 for crashing a drone aircraft into a famous hot spring at Yellowstone National Park, a park spokesman said on Thursday.

Theodorus Van Vliet was trying to take aerial pictures of Yellowstone last month when his camera-equipped drone crashed into Grand Prismatic Spring, a geothermal feature known for its brilliant colors caused by bacteria and minerals, officials said.

Rangers were unable to find the wreckage but suspect it is lying on the floor of the hot spring, the park's largest at 370 feet in diameter and more than 121 feet deep, Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said in a statement.

Van Vliet on Tuesday pleaded guilty to violating a ban on unmanned aerial vehicles on lands and waters overseen by the National Park Service and was ordered to pay a fine of $1,000 and $2,200 in restitution, said Nash.


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