Drone collides with Helicopter
WASHINGTON (December 14, 2017) — According to The National Transportation Safety Board a drone collided with a U.S. Army helicopter and was caused by an unlicensed drone pilot who was flying his drone out of visual range. He was apparently unaware of the regulations and the rules governing safe flight practices.
This all happened near Hoffman Island, New York, Sept. 21, 2017. The drone, a DJI Phantom 4 collided with a U.S. Army Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter flying around 300 feet above ground level.
Fortunately the helicopter landed safely but the drone was not so lucky. There was a 1 1/2 – inch dent on the leading edge of one of the helicopter’s four main rotor blades. Bits and peices of the drone were found in the helicopters oil cooler fan.
According to a NTSB investigator, the drone pilot did not know the accident had taken place, doh! Also, there were restrictions in place as the president himself was flying around the area. The drone pilot did not hold an FAA remote pilot certificate and was flying just for fun.