The first person to be convicted over a crash between a drone and a paraglider in New Zealand has failed in a bid to clear his criminal record, Stuff reports. Ashley Richard Pitman was fined $1000 and convicted for operating a drone in a manner that caused unnecessary endangerment. The paraglider, Davy Binois, was hit by the drone while 100 metres up in the air. Judge Mina Wharepouri took into account Pitman’s lack of prior convictions and his actions following the incident, reducing his fine by 50%. Pitman rushed up to Binois, apologised, gave Binois his contact details, and offered to pay for any damage caused to the paragliding wing.
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