FAA investigating report of drone on UT campus on gameday

The FAA is cracking down on drone use in East Tennessee after receiving a report that an "unmanned aircraft" flew over Neyland Stadium during Sunday's game. 9-4-14

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating a report of a drone flying near Neyland Stadium on the day of the Vols' home opener against Utah State.

Lt. Mike Richardson with the University of Tennessee Police Department told 10News that an officer spotted the drone near the stadium. 10News has received several other reports of people seeing the drone flying around.

Jimmy Stanton, senior associate athletic director for the University of Tennessee, said a freelance videographer flew the drone over the stadium to shoot additional game footage. He said the videographer's media credentials have been suspended indefinitely.

There is a no-fly zone around Neyland Stadium from one hour before kickoff until one hour after the game ends. The zone extends to three miles around the stadium, and applies to both manned and unmanned aircraft.

UT Police notified the FAA.

The university also added a warning about drones back into its weekly press release about the game. UT press officials said the notice reminding fans that drones are not to be flown near the stadium was added back into the release because of the weekend report.

The university said an FAA representative is at the games to observe and look for violators. The FAA enforces the rules for unauthorized use through warning notices, letters of correction, and civil penalties.


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