Radio-controlled airplane crash brings FBI to coal-fired power plant

The FBI was called to the Bridgeport Harbor Generating Station in Bridgeport Harbor, Conn. after a radio-controlled airplane equipped with a camera crashed near the plant, according to a report from the Connecticut Post.

Although the police and FBI were contacted, the Post reported a special agent from the FBI stated “nothing nefarious was involved,” but that a hobbyist had lost control of the airplane during flight.

The man, a citizen of China in the U.S. on a student visa, was released and warned not to fly any model aircraft near the power plant in the future, according to the Post. He allowed the police and FBI to review video footage from the plane, which showed 10 minutes of aerial views of Seaside Park and around two minutes of footage of the power plant and the surrounding area before showing the plane spiraling out of control.

The plant was made aware of the crash when the man went to the main security gate of the plant in an attempt to retrieve the plane, the Post reported.

The Bridgeport Harbor Generation Station is a 401 MW coal-fired power plant and owned by Public Service Electric & Gas.

This story was originally published by Power Engineering online. It is republished with permission.


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