Man who crashed drone into Yellowstone hot spring must pay over $3,200
Case against Dutch man marks second guilty plea at famed national park.
by Cyrus Farivar - Sept 26 2014
Drone goes down into famed Yellowstone National Park hot spring
Rangers are trying to find the drone in the depths of the 160-degree spring.
According to Yellowstone officials, Theodorus Van Vliet was fined $1,000 and also must pay over $2,200 in restitution. His drone remains at the bottom of the iconic hot spring.
Van Vliet is the second person to be prosecuted since the National Park Service (NPS) banned drones in all parks as of June 2014.
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Other incidents going back to September 2013 have involved buzzing wild sheep in Utah, flying over nesting gulls in Alaska, and flying over visitors at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
Another drone-related criminal case in Yellowstone, brought against Donald Cresswell, of Oregon, is currently pending before a federal judge in Wyoming.
NPS spokesman April Slayton told Ars that these cases are the only drone-related prosecutions that they are aware of.