NYPD’s Aviation Unit Hits The Sky To Crack Down On Illegally Flown Drones

(CBSNewYork) — More than 600,000 drones were registered with the Federal Aviation Administration last year alone.

As they grow in popularity, so do the number of accidents involving some of the amateur aircraft.

To see how the NYPD is cracking down on rogue drones, CBS2’s Maurice Dubois took to the sky with the department’s aviation unit.

One drone hit a window on the Empire State Building, another hit an Army helicopter over Staten Island, countless more have collided, slammed, and smashed across the five boroughs narrowly avoiding mass chaos.

“People could definitely die,” Lt. Richard Knoeller said.

As a pilot with the NYPD’s Aviation Unit, Knoeller takes to the skies daily, tracking and cracking down on the operators of illegally flown recreational drones.

The unit can get as many as ten calls a day about rogue drones.

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