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Drone crashes inside Commonwealth Stadium just before UK-Louisiana Lafayette kickoff

A drone, visible in the distance at center, crashed in Commonwealth Stadium shortly before kickoff of the UK-Louisiana Lafayette game.
A drone, visible in the distance at center, crashed in Commonwealth Stadium shortly before kickoff of the UK-Louisiana Lafayette game.

A drone — or unmanned aircraft — crashed in the southwest corner of Commonwealth Stadium near the suite level just before kickoff of the University of Kentucky season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday night.

UK officials recovered the drone, university spokesman Jay Blanton said. He said there were no injuries to fans or damage to the stadium.

"We've also talked to the owner and are considering next steps, because it should not have been inside the stadium," Blanton said. The drone belongs to a student, Blanton said.

The Federal Aviation Administration regulates the use of drones and where they can be flown. The FAA says no drones or airplanes can be flown over stadiums one hour before until one hour after a game.

UK does not allow students to fly drones on its campus because of the campus' proximity to helipads at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center and Baptist Health Lexington. In addition, the university has formed a committee to make more formal recommendations and policies regarding drone use.

The Lexington Urban County Council voted to put the issue of unmanned aircraft into a committee for further study. A meeting date has not yet been announced. Saturday's drone crash is the second drone incident in the past two weeks. A drone hit Lexington's tallest building — the Lexington Financial Center — on Aug. 22.

The FAA is investigating that incident.

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