CLINTON, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — An 18-year-old Connecticut man may be in trouble with federal aviation officials after posting a video online that shows shots being fired from a drone that had been jury-rigged with a handgun.
The FAA said Tuesday it is investigating whether Austin Haghwout, of Clinton, violated its regulations, which prohibit the careless or reckless operation of a model aircraft.
Haughwout’s father told WFSB-TV, a CBS affiliate in Hartford, last week that his son created the drone with the help of a Central Connecticut State University professor and researched the laws before inventing the contraption.
“I mean it’s all a work in progress. That’s what makes this so difficult,” Dan Gettinger, who studies drones at Bard College, told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman.