Andrew Hernandez Wiki – Andrew Hernandez Biography
According to the US Attorney General’s Office, 22-year-old Andrew Rene Hernandez was arrested by FBI agents due to the unsafe operation of an unmanned plane.
A Hollywood man was arrested Thursday for operating a drone that crashed into a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter in September, forcing an emergency landing.
Andrew Hernandez Arrest & Charge
Authorities say it was the first criminal case in the country where a person was accused of using a drone in an unsafe manner.
In the early morning hours of September 18, an LAPD helicopter was responding to a theft call to a Hollywood pharmacy when a drone hit it, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing.
The collision, which prosecutors allegedly filed a criminal complaint against, damaged the helicopter nose, antenna and lower hatches.
“If the plane had hit the main rotor of the helicopter instead of the fuselage, it could have knocked the helicopter down,” the criminal complaint wrote.
The US Attorney’s Office alleges that after the helicopter hit, the drone fell to the ground in another residence near Hernandez’s house. He also damaged a vehicle and its parts were found near the pharmacy by LAPD officers.
Investigators examined the drone’s camera and SD card to identify Hernandez as its owner.
In late October, FBI agents raided Hernandez’s home and said he heard the approaching sirens on the morning of the incident and decided to fly the drone “to see what was going on”.
It is unclear exactly what prison sentence Hernandez faces if he is convicted but charged. His trial is scheduled in the federal court in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon.