SEATTLE (WLS) --A shocking moment was caught on camera last week: a drone crashing into Seattle's iconic space needle.
Moments after the video was recorded by a drone slamming into the space needle on New Year's Eve, KIRO reports the pilot's identity became known.
"The person came looking for it. He was down below, apparently, with the controller looking around for his piece of machinery," said Dave Mandapat, who works at the Space Needle.
But instead of giving the drone to the pilot, Space Needle security gave it to the Seattle Police Department.
Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed its agents are investigating the incident - which would have been much worse had one of the pyrotechnic workers installing a New Year's Eve fireworks show at the time of the crash been injured.
"The problem is safety. We just want to make sure that people stay in compliance, that they really know how to operate their drones, and we've been fortunate that nothing more significant has happened," Mandapat said.
But a woman was taken to the hospital during Seattle's Pride Parade in 2015 when a drone fell out of the sky and hit her. Its operator, Paul Skinner, is on trial this week, charged with reckless endangerment.
If convicted, he could face up to 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. Also in 2015, a drone got too close to a TV station helicopter and another drone hit the Great Wheel. Another drone crashed into a Capitol Hill home.
While FAA investigators look into what happened New Year's Eve at the Space Needle, the FAA's Drone Advisory Committee will meet later this month to explore drone regulation nationwide.