The owner of an aerial photography business has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after a drone he was operating knocked a woman unconscious.
Paul Skinner was found guilty of reckless endangerment, by a judge at the Seattle Municipal Court. It is believed to be the first time a drone pilot has been given a jail sentence.
The incident happened during Seattle’s 2015 Pride Parade. According to the police, the 18in (45cm) by 18in drone crashed into a building and fell into the crowd, injuring two people.
Judge Willie Gregory said he acknowledged that the incident was an accident but added that the pilot had “engaged in conduct that put people in danger of being injured”.
Prosecutor Pete Holmes said the faulty operation of drones was a “serious public-safety issue that will only get worse” and more prosecutions could follow.