Drone pilot pleads not guilty in skyscraper crash

Drone pilot pleads not guilty in skyscraper crash

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The pilot accused of flying a drone that hit the downtown Great American Tower entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday.

Michael Baldwin, 24, of Louisville, faces a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge for the Aug. 4 incident.

According to Cincinnati police, he lost control of his device and it crashed into the north side of the city's tallest tower at 665 feet overlooking Third Street and Fort Washington Way.

The impact damaged part of the glass windows on the 28th floor. No one was hurt.

Piloting a drone literally flies in the face of federal aviation laws. Recreational aircrafts and unmanned aerial vehicles are prohibited from downtown Cincinnati, including airspace over the Ohio River, Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium.

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