Date
8 December 2016
Yen Rouh-fang (right) posted the incident on Facebook in which her mother sustained injuries after being struck by a drone. Photos: Yen Rouh-fang/Facebook
Yen Rouh-fang (right) posted the incident on Facebook in which her mother sustained injuries after being struck by a drone. Photos: Yen Rouh-fang/Facebook

Mainland tourists face hefty fine over Taiwan drone crash

Two mainland tourists are facing a fine of up to NT$1.5 million (US$47,148) after they were accused of crashing a drone in a restricted zone in Taipei, injuring a Taiwan woman.

The incident took place at the Ningxia Night Market on Saturday night, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The woman was walking with her one-year-old grandson when they were struck by the four-rotor drone, hitting her in the head.

The incident was reported in a Facebook post by her daughter who happens to be Taipei City councilor Yen Ruoh-fang.

Yen said her mother’s face and hands were cut but her eyes were protected by glasses.

The toddler, Yen’s nephew, was safe and sound.

Police investigations revealed the drone belonged to two tourists from the mainland.

They told police they decided to use the drone to record the bustling scene at the night market but encountered operational problems.

The famous night market is officially a no-drone zone.

Meanwhile, Taiwan netizens are furious at mainland tourists for endangering residents’ lives by flying drones, news website hk01.com reports.

In 2015, a drone crashed into the landmark Taipei 101 building before it fell to the ground from a height of 80 floors.

No one was hurt. A tourist from Beijing was fined NT$300,000.

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