The City of Newton, MA, like many state and local governments, thought it could regulate drone flights in the airspace over its city limits. It passed a law this past December that sought to ban unmanned aircraft flights below 400 feet, flights over private and public property without the landowner’s permission and to require local registration of drones. A federal judge in Massachusetts ruled today that the City of Newton was wrong : it does not have that authority because it is preempted by the federal government.
A young woman was hospitalized after being hit by a drone at a hotel pool near the Las Vegas Strip.
Kristen Rebollo was lounging at Palms Place and saw the moment the drone fell from the sky, striking the woman.
“Something just hit her in the leg and we looked over and she just started screaming,” Rebollo said.
She says her fellow guest had a deep cut in her upper thigh. Meanwhile, Rebollo says the drone battery burst into flames, burning a hole through a pool chair.