Maker of drone that crashed at White House plans software update to block Washington flights

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The Chinese manufacturer of a drone that a hobbyist crashed at the White House says it is taking steps to ensure that cannot happen again.

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DJI Technology Co., based in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, said Wednesday it will send a software update for its drones' navigation systems this week that will block them from flying over Washington.

The crash of the 50-centimeter-long (two-foot-long) Phantom quad-copter prompted questions about whether the White House and President Barack Obama were adequately protected against a potential threat.

Company spokesman Michael Perry says software in DJI drones already prevents them from flying in "no fly" zones around some 700 airports worldwide.