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Arlington drone crash, video raise questions

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A YouTube video recorded by a man who said he was looking for his crashed helicopter drone at AT&T Stadium is getting a lot of attention and questions about what's legal in Texas.

Officials at AT&T Stadium say they found the copter Tuesday on the roof, and the Federal Aviation Administration says it's investigating.

A man who identified himself as Bob Eddleman in the YouTube video said that the footage was filmed from a second drone that he flew over the stadium to look for the one he lost there.

Flying model aircrafts as a hobby doesn't currently require FAA approval, but FAA rules say drones can fly no higher than 400 feet and must stay away from people. That raises questions about parts of Eddleman’s aerial tour.

"Man, I think I had to go about 700 feet up just to get all the stadium in the shot,” Eddleman is heard saying in the video.

The video continues over Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor and then into downtown Dallas.

Al Cannan of Roy’s Hobby Shop has no connection to the video, but as someone who sells the copters, he disagrees with what can be seen in the video.

“It's hugely irresponsible to be flying over people or around people,” said Cannan.

Flying the copter may be illegal in some cases based on a new Texas privacy law directed at the use of drones, but hobbyists say the rules and guidelines are still too vague.

“The FAA needs to write the policy and be done with it,” said Cannan.

Eddleman did not respond to FOX 4’s request for an interview, and his video he posted was taken down soon after we posted our request.

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