Drone Helicopter Gets Lodged In Statue Atop Courthouse

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UPDATED: Wednesday May 1, 2013 7:07 PM

A 2-pound remote control helicopter got stuck in the arms of a statue atop of the Marion County Courthouse.

Terry Cline, an independent visual communications producer, director and writer, says he’s trying to figure out how he’ll get it down.

He says he was flying the camera-equipped drone to take pictures of the Marion County Courthouse for a special project when the drone caught a breeze and lost control.

“I am hopeful to get it out of there sooner than later,” he said.

Marion officials said they were leaving it up to the Marion County Sheriff's Office as to how to get the drone down.

A county commissioner said that they did not know of anyone who had given Cline the authority to fly the drone.

County Prosecutor Brent Yager said that he did not think there were any violations other than vandalism if the statue is damaged.

City and county officials, along with Cline, have yet to figure out how they are going to remove the drone, which sits more than 100 feet over the road.

Cline says he wants his drone back.

“If it can be brought down in tact that will be good, it'll be interesting to see the footage at the point of impact. If it can't be brought down or whatever happens to it, hey that's life,” he said.

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