Visitor cited for illegal drone operation

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WASHINGTON, DC – A man has been cited for illegal drone operation after flying a drone in DC Wednesday.

At 4 a.m. on Wednesday, the United States Park Police were alerted to a drone flying on the north side of the Washington Monument near 16th Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest.

The officer issues John Newcomer Jr. a citation for operation of an unmanned aircraft. A blue UDI R/C drone and a black radio controller were confiscated from Newcomer and kept as evidence.

Federal law prohibits flying all unmanned aircraft, more commonly called drones, in the heavily regulated Flight Restricted Zone around Washington, D.C., including from private property inside the FRZ. Additionally, launching, landing or operating unmanned aircrafts is prohibited in all areas administered by the National Park Service. Know Before You Fly! To learn more visit

This is the 1st reported incident involving illegal operation of an unmanned aircraft in a Greater Washington area National Park in 2016, and the 28th  incident since 2013.