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Drone Operator Located in Blackhawk Drone Strike

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“At approximately 7:20 p.m. Sept. 21, the drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle, and the helicopter collided. The Army helicopter sustained damage to its main rotor blade, window frame and transmission deck. A motor and arm from a small drone, identified as a DJI Phantom 4, were recovered from the helicopter,” the NTSB reports. “…In the following days investigators were able to identify and subsequently interview the drone operator. The drone operator also provided flight data logs for the incident… (dronelife.com) 更多...

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tongo
Dan Grelinger 3
AOPA has published a better article on this story: https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2017/october/05/drone-pilot-provides-data-from-black-hawk-midair

It appears that the drone pilot did NOT turn himself in and was found by NTSB investigators, perhaps with assistance from the Drone manufacturer. NTSB investigators are only charged with gathering data and the likely disciplinary or criminal actions against the pilot will involve other agencies.

"The NTSB announced Oct. 5 that the motor arm recovered from the helicopter after the incident was identified as belonging to a DJI Phantom 4, and investigators were able in the days following the incident to identify and interview the Phantom’s pilot, who has turned over flight data from the drone."
avihais
I see two outcomes. The drone operator will be made an example of and busted big time or it will be quietly swept under the mat with the copter being too low.
tongo
Dan Grelinger 0
Not sure how an investigation could find that the helicopter was too low. It did not hit anything on the surface, which is the only way it could be too low.
Bernie20910
I want to follow this and see what the final outcome is.
tongo
Dan Grelinger 1
Results are published.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Since you found it, would you care to post the link for others to read?
Bernie20910
Bernie Behling 1
Thank you. Looking at the information it seems pretty obvious to me that this was a case of a drone operator who put all his trust into that app instead of heeding the warning the app gave him about the app only being "advisory" and that it was his responsibility to confirm what the app was telling him. Had he properly familiarized himself fully with the regulations that applied to him, and taken the initiative to confirm that his flight would be legal then this incident would not have happened.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Given his track record indicated in the report, he may be representing himself if it goes to court.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Thank you sir.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
The line forms at the left.
tongo
Dan Grelinger 1
If this is true, I am glad that they found the drone pilot so that all facts can be determined. I wish the article stated how investigators "identified" the drone operator. If (s)he turn themselves in, hooray. If not, BOOOO!

This article is pretty weak. This statement in particular is poor journalism and indicates the journalist either did not perform simple research or has a bias: "It is unclear if any FAA regulations were broken by the drone operator." More reputable news organizations have reported the flight as "illegal". An examination of the appropriate regs shows that at least one, if not multiple, violations occured. Drone operators are required to see and avoid all manned aircraft flights, no matter at what altitude. Obvious violation of that reg occured. It has been reported that a TFR existed at the time of the accident that prohibited drone flights from the surface on up. I have not confirmed, but if true, another violation.

The mainstream news outlets have not seemed to pick up on this. I found this, one which looks a little more professional: https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/drone-helicopter-new-york-collision/

Here is a new report of an actual drone collision with an aircraft. This one in Canada, and the aircraft was on final approach: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/10/16/a-commercial-airplane-collided-with-a-drone-in-canada-a-first-in-north-america/?utm_term=.91aa613d2a6f

Particularly pertinent is this comment: "Greg McConnell, the national chairman of the Canadian Federal Pilots’ Association, told CTV News that the incident “was just a matter of time.”
“There are a lot of drones flying, and there are a lot of people flying drones thinking they’re toys,” McConnell added."
joelwiley
joel wiley 2
I would not consider dronelife.com a news organization. From their About Us page

"DRONELIFE is here to make sure you, the consumer, are up to date on all the latest drone news, product releases, YouTube videos and legal precedents so you can stay informed about the rise of the commercial drone. DRONELIFE also helps companies to get the word out with branding, lead generation, and content.
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I agree that, as a news story, the journalistic content minimal.

Perhaps a news organization will pick up the subject and run with it.

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