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Drone crashes on roof of national treasure Himeji Castle

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/09/19/national/drone-crashes-roof-himeji-castle-national-treasure/#.Vf5BD2wVjIU
Kyodo  Sep 19, 2015 Japan times

KOBE – A crashed drone was found Saturday on the roof of recently renovated Himeji Castle, a national treasure in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, municipal officials said.

The multirotor drone, measuring about 60 cm on all sides, was found on the roof of the castle’s fifth floor, the Himeji officials said, adding that a guard on a routine patrol in the morning spotted it flying 46 meters above the ground. Its rotors were apparently broken during the crash.

No damage was found on the walls or roof tiles near the area where the drone was discovered. But what appear to be scratches made by rotor blades were found on a window frame, the officials said.

Police are investigating the incident and looking for the person who was controlling the drone. Damaging a cultural asset could lead to criminal prosecution.

A total of 15 drones have been spotted flying near Himeji Castle since 2013, but this is the first confirmed crash, according to officials.

“Drones are useful, but we’d like to request people to fly them with sound manner and morale,” said Hiroki Ishikawa, the chief of the castle’s management office. “This incident is quite regrettable.”

A recently enacted national law bans the flying of drones near the prime minister’s office and other important facilities such as airports and nuclear facilities. The measure was quickly legislated after a drone landed on the roof of prime minister’s office in April.

More than five years of major renovations on the renowned castle were completed in March, with walls repaired and roof tiles replaced.


Businessman claims responsibility for drone crash at Himeji Castle
Kyodo .japantimes
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/09/20/national/drone-crashes-roof-himeji-castle-national-treasure/#.VgEDcmyhfIU


KOBE – A businessman admitted Sunday to flying a drone that was found stuck the previous day among the roof tiles of Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Hyogo Prefecture, the police said.

The 49-year-old executive from Kitakyushu was quoted by the police as saying that he was using the unmanned aircraft to take pictures of the recently renovated feudal fortress to post in a magazine. He reportedly contacted a police station in Kyoto on Sunday morning to claim responsibility for the accident.

The multirotor drone, measuring about 60 cm on all sides, was found on the fifth floor, the Himeji officials said, adding that a guard on a routine patrol in the morning spotted it flying at an altitude of about 46 meters. Its rotors were apparently broken during the crash.

While no damage was found to the walls or roof tiles in the area where the drone was found, what appear to be scratches made by its rotor blades were found on a nearby window frame, the officials said.

Himeji Castle is also a designated national treasure. It was renovated in March after more than five years of restoration work that involved replacing roof tiles and repainting the outer walls. Damaging a cultural asset is grounds for prosecution. The police are investigating the incident.

A total of 15 drones have been spotted flying near Himeji Castle since 2013, but this is the first confirmed crash, officials said.

“Drones are useful, but we’d like to request people to fly them in a sound manner and with sound morale,” said Hiroki Ishikawa, chief of the castle’s management office. “This incident is quite regrettable.”

A recently enacted law bans the flying of drones near the prime minister’s office and other important facilities, such as airports and nuclear power plants. The law was quickly enacted after a nuclear protester landed a drone with a radioactive payload on the roof of prime minister’s office in April, where it sat undetected for two weeks.

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