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FAA launches investigation into Cleveland drone company after drone flown during bridge demolition


Paul Kiska

Cleveland Aerial Media told NewsChannel5 last week they violated a temporary flight restriction July 12, when they flew a drone over the Innerbelt Bridge demolition and posted the video online.

That flight triggered a letter of investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration informing Cleveland Aerial Media, also known as Aerial Cleveland, that the incident is under investigation.

Aerial Cleveland co-owner John Ellenberger said they will now take ground school and pilot safety classes at Lorain County Regional Airport and get more involved with the Academy of Model Aircraft to avoid future incidents.

“We’re taking this very seriously. The lesson that we learned is that we’re going to have to be a lot more careful and follow the guidelines a bit more stringently,” said Cleveland Aerial Media co-owner John Ellenberger.

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