A small flying drone that breached the security of White House compound after crashing on its South Lawn early Monday was operated by a government employee who worked for a US intelligence agency.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency on Tuesday acknowledged the man, who is still unidentified, as one of its employees.
According to the agency, the man’s work is not at all associated with drones in any manner and the one he flew on Monday midnight was possibly a personal item and was used when he was off duty.
The New York Times reported that the man himself said that the “quadcopter” breached the secure perimeter just by accident.
According to the newspaper, the man said that he was flying the unmanned drone recreationally when he lost total control.
Meanwhile, the agency said that it is taking the matter very seriously.
The drone crash had prompted a White House lockdown. The incident has once again brought the US Secret Service, which is responsible for safety and security of the first US family, under criticism.