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Yellowstone drone crash pilot fined $3000

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A US judge has fined a Dutch tourist for crashing a drone into a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.

Theodorus Van Vliet was ordered to pay more than $3,000 (£1,847) for flying the unmanned aerial vehicle into the Grand Prismatic Spring in August.

Mr Van Vliet pleaded guilty last week to illegally operating the drone, which has yet to be located by authorities.

He is the second person found guilty this year of violating the National Park Service’s strict no-drone policy.

A 37-year-old man from Germany pleaded guilty last week to crashing a drone in Yellowstone Lake. He was fined $1,600.

A third drone case, said to involve a man from Oregon, is also pending.

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