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Wednesday, 23rd September 2015
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Himeji Castle damaged in drone crash

Minor damage has been caused to one of Japan's most historical landmarks, after a man admitted crashing his drone into it.

The individual was taking photos of Himeji Castle in Hyogo Castle on Saturday (September 19th) when he lost control of the flying gadget.

A small amount of damage was sustained by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-accredited building.

This was on the south-west side of the building on its sixth floor, where the drone flew into it, with the destruction occurring near a window frame.

The drone in question was then recovered from the fifth floor, where it had come to a stop on the roof and was seen to have broken propellers.

A law has recently been put in place in the area banning drones from being flown over crowded locations or airports without the express permission of the government.

This latest incident shows how easy it is for those controlling the devices to lose control of them and end up causing damage.

It is thought that the individual in this case was attempting to take photos of the 17th century landmark to publish in a magazine. He has admitted to causing the damage.

Himeji Castle is high on the list of places to visit for many people travelling to Japan and has recently undergone restoration work.

After five years of specialist attention, including the replacement of roof tiles and repainting of the outer walls, Himeji Castle saw its transformation complete in March.

Anyone wishing to visit this fine example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture will find it 750 kilometres from Tokyo, which can be covered in around four hours by bullet train.

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