Drone over Fenway Park freaks everyone out, for good reason

Rob Bradford
April 12, 2019 - 2:24 am

As Xander Bogaerts left the clubhouse Thursday night he was asked if he witnessed the drone hovering over Fenway Park in the ninth inning of what would be a 7-6 Red Sox win over the Blue Jays.

"Yeah, that was crazy," Bogaerts said. "That was one of ours?"

Nope.

In fact, nobody knew who the contraption belonged to, which was a big problem.

"During the late innings of tonight’s game, a drone was flown above the ballpark by an unidentified individual. The operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) around large stadium events is in violation of FAA regulations and the club has reported the incident to the Boston Police Department for investigation," a Red Sox representative said.

The investigation was ongoing well after the game ended, with the machine being identified as a DJI Phantom drone.

In a statement to Channel 4, corporate communication director of DJI Technology Adam Lisberg said, "DJI is aware that an apparent DJI Phantom drone was spotted over Fenway Park during tonight’s Red Sox game. We are trying to learn more about what happened, and stand ready to work with Boston Police and other security agencies to investigate what happened. Whoever flew this drone over the stadium apparently overrode our geofencing system and deliberately violated the FAA temporary flight restriction in place over the game. DJI’s AeroScope system can remotely identify and monitor airborne DJI drones in areas where it has been installed, and this incident shows why the federal government must mandate a remote identification system for airborne drones as soon as possible."

Despite the uncomfortable presence of the flying intruder, the Red Sox seemed to take the drone's presence in stride.

"It kind of threw me off, I looked up and I was 'hey, they're not supposed to have these around here, are they?' But, I figured I'd try to hit it or something," said Mitch Moreland, who notched a game-tyig double in the ninth with the drone flying overhead.

"We were watching the whole time," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. "It was right on top of us, but somebody will make a T-shirt out of it."

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