They are cranking up the frequency! Drone crashes on Ellipse near White House WASHINGTON — U.S. Park Police have confiscated a drone that crash-landed on the Ellipse, near the White House. A police representative says the small drone was being operated from the grounds of the Washington Monument early Friday morning. The drone crossed Constitution Avenue and crashed on the Ellipse, the grassy area between the Monument and the White House grounds. Police confiscated the drone and issued federal tickets to the operators, whom police did not identify. Airspace in downtown Washington is the most restricted in the country for passenger aircraft and unmanned vehicles, including drones, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. It is illegal to operate a drone within the Beltway without special permission.