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Drone crash at the White House 'was an accident'

By AP Reporter

A man has come forward to say he was responsible for the drone that crashed in the White House grounds.

A US official said the man made contact with the Secret Service after reports of the overnight crash spread in the media. The man told the Secret Service he was using the drone recreationally and did not mean to fly it over the White House.

The Washington resident is said to be co-operating with investigators. Secret Service agents are now interviewing other people to corroborate the man's story.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were in New Delhi.

Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said the device was a quadcopter and was about half-a-metre in diameter. A quadcopter is an unmanned aircraft that is lifted by four propellers.

He said the quadcopter was flying at a very low altitude before it crashed on the south east side of the executive mansion, which was immediately locked down until the device was examined.

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