Civilian Drone Crashes Into a US Army Helicopter

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An anonymous reader quotes the New York Post:

It was nearly Black Hawk down over Staten Island — when an Army chopper was struck by an illegally flying drone over a residential neighborhood, authorities said Friday. The UA60 helicopter was flying 500 feet over Midland Beach alongside another Black Hawk, when the drone struck the chopper at around 8:15 p.m. Thursday, causing damage to its rotor blades. The uninjured pilot was able to land safely at nearby Linden Airport in New Jersey… “Our aircraft was not targeted, this was a civilian drone,” said Army Lieutenant Colonel Joe Buccino, the spokesman for the 82nd Airborne… “One blade was damaged [and] dented in two spots and requires replacement and there is a dented window”… The NYPD and the military are investigating — but no arrests have been made.
The same day a federal judge struck down an ordinance banning drone flights over private property that had been passed by the city of Newton, Massachusetts. But local law enforcement warned that “an out of control helicopter could have crashed into residential homes causing numerous injuries and even fatalities,” while the Post reports that drones have also crashed into a power plant and into the 40th floor of the Empire State Building.

“In February, a GoPro drone crashed through a Manhattan woman’s 27th floor window and landed just feet away from her as she sat in her living room.”


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