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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… ( المزيد...

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Dan Grelinger 3
AOPA has published a better article on this story:

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."
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:

Here is a new report of an actual drone collision with an aircraft. This one in Canada, and the aircraft was on final approach:

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."
joel wiley 2
I would not consider 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.

I agree that, as a news story, the journalistic content minimal.

Perhaps a news organization will pick up the subject and run with it.
Martin Haisman 2
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.
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.
Bernie Behling 1
I want to follow this and see what the final outcome is.
joel wiley 1
The line forms at the left.

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