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Budding Texas YouTuber arrested for crashing drone in the World Trade Center complex in New York City

A Texas man was arrested for flying a drone in the World Trade Center complex in New York City on August 2 and crashing it into one of the skyscrapers.

The man was identified as 22-year-old Adam Ismail.

The budding YouTuber from Dallas said: “Now, I’ve got a great New York story… I need to make my YouTube pop off.”




Mr Ismail was arrested by the Port Authority Police Department on Monday.

His drone flew into 7 World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan and crashed causing it to become stuck in window panels on the third floor.

He told the New York Daily News: “I was making a personal travel video to show my followers on social media. I post on Instagram. I need to make my YouTube pop off.”



He said he did not realize the building was part of the World Trade Center complex.

Regardless, flying a drone anywhere in New York City is forbidden and is considered a misdemeanor, mostly due to the city’s densely populated airspace and other issues that would make drone usage dangerous.

Violation of the law may result in up to 90 days in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.