Pilots have been reporting more and more #drone sightings these past few years based on data from the FAA, but most of those incidents have been harmless. That might not be the case this time around. The pilot and student flying the helicopter that crashed in South Carolina on Wednesday told investigators they saw a small drone appear in front of them while practicing maneuvers 50 feet above the tree line. To avoid a collision, the pilot reportedly took control back from the student and performed evasive maneuvers. Unfortunately, the helicopter's tail hit a tree, causing the pilot to lose control and resulting in a crash landing.
Officials probe first possible drone-related #aircraft crash in the US
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For years, there’s been a growing concern from federal agencies and aviophobics over the effect of millions of remote-controlled #flyingmachines populating airspaces. A recent crash might be the first US case that proves that drones are in fact hazards for larger flying machines that carry people. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a #helicopter crash landing in South Carolina that may have been caused by a civilian #drone, according to a report from Bloomberg.
The crash involved a student pilot and instructor flying a Robinson Helicopter Co. R22 near Charleston, according to an FAA statement. The pupil and teacher told investigators they saw a small drone right in front of them, maneuvered to avoid the drone, and hit a tree with the tail of the helicopter, causing them to make a #crashlanding.
This Could Be the First Drone-Caused #Aircraft Crash In the US
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