NYPD Chopper Nearly Struck by Drone: Police

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014  |  Updated 7:27 AM EDT
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NYPD Chopper Nearly Struck by Drone: Police

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A drone flies at the International Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Two men are accused of nearly striking an NYPD helicopter with a drone they were flying near the George Washington Bridge, police say.

The mid-air close call came after the NYPD chopper spotted the drone flying high near the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge early Tuesday. As the unmanned craft made its way back to the George Washington Bridge it came close to the helicopter, and the pilot had to veer off course to avoid being struck, police say.

After the miss, the helicopter followed the drone until it touched down at Fairview Avenue and Fort George Hill in Manhattan's Inwood area.

That’s when police say they found the two men, 23 and 34, along with a second drone.

The two men were both arrested in the landing zone. Both are charged with reckless endangerment. The drones were confiscated.

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