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German Man Banned From Yellowstone After Crashing Drone

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A German citizen who crashed a drone into a lake in Yellowstone National Park this summer has been banned from the park for a year and was ordered to pay $1,600 in fines and restitution.

Andreas Meissner of Koenigswinter, Germany, was charged with four federal misdemeanors after a drone he was using to shoot video of a charity bicycle ride through the park crashed into Lake Yellowstone on July 18.

KUSA-TV reports Meissner appeared via telephone in a federal courtroom in the park Sept. 17 and pleaded guilty to violating the ban on drones, filming without a permit and leaving property unattended. He also was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation.

Divers recovered the drone 10 days after it crashed. The park service seized the equipment.