The north side of the Great American Tower was damaged by a drone being operated in that area on Tuesday. The collision caused the glass of the building to break and fall down on the garage.
The spokesperson for Western & Southern Financial Group and Great American Tower, José Marques, recounted that the unmanned aircraft collided with the building between the 28th and 29th floor at nearly 1 p.m. Although the collision resulted in pieces of glass falling down, there were no injuries.
The incident was immediately responded to by the Cincinnati Police Department. However, police officials could not be reached for further comments due to lack of availability.
Unmanned recreational aerial vehicles such as drones are not allowed to be operated near the Great American Ball Park, Downtown area along with the airspace over the Ohio River, and Paul Brown Stadium. Despite these restrictions, drones have been observed to be operated around these venues.
Drones are also not allowed to be operated within a five mile radius of Northern Kentucky International Airport and Lunken Airport. These are the most sensitive regions for air traffic and any unaccounted for traffic can result in unfathomable consequences.
Drones have started to become a bigger issue now due to lack of regulations over use of these aircrafts. Individuals can use these aircrafts not only for recreational purposes, but also for criminal acts or negligent. The inability of the authorities to communicate with or identify the operator of the drone makes things worse because it makes it difficult to find the person responsible for the violation. Drones also pose a threat to the privacy of individuals as they can be used as spying equipment. Therefore, there is a need for stricter actions against violators of drone usage.