A “personal drone” burst into flames Tuesday afternoon, sparking a wildfire that quickly grew to more than 300 acres in northern Arizona, officials said.
The Kendrick Fire, southeast of Kendrick Park and northwest of Flagstaff, started about 12:35 p.m. and quickly blackened about 335 acres of grass before crews stopped its spread, Coconino National Forest spokesman George Jozens said.
A police drone was able to locate a man who had been in a car crash unconscious in a 6ft deep ditch in the dead of night.
The drone was deployed just after 2am today after witnesses saw a man walking away from the scene of the accident on the A16 south of Grimsby where a car had flipped onto its side.
Desperate to find the driver of the car, Lincolnshire Police used their drone, equipped with thermal imaging, to search the scene as officers from Humberside Police searched by foot.
And within a few minutes the drone managed to find the driver unconscious in a 6ft deep ditch 160 metres from where the accident had happened.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team has located missing aircraft pieces from a fatal plane crash.
Undersheriff Paul Howell says the SAR team used a UAV drone to search the area where a Piper PA-34 Seneca crashed east of Jacks Valley Road on Monday, February 21.
The pieces were located about a half mile south of the crash site.
The fatal plane crash claimed the life of 64-year-old Stephen Filice, of Minden.
A 26-year-old Town of Geneva man was taken into custody and is facing multiple charges after fleeing from police following a fight at an adult entertainment club.
During the altercation, Bohot allegedly fled the scene into the city of Lake Geneva. Officers pursued Bohot until they lost him. A short time later, a City of Lake Geneva detective and sergeant used a drone and within minutes located Bohot using infrared imagery.
A Florida woman shouted to the police: “Just kill me! Just kill me!” Instead, the police used drones to help end a 4-hour-long standoff. The 57-year-old woman had parked her Kia sedan right in front of a semi-truck at a Walmart parking lot.
“She kept talking to herself, yelling profanities and enticing us to shoot her, over and over and over again,” said Capt. Ben Worcester, a member of the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.
Instead of rushing into the situation, the police officials used two drones to safely monitor the woman without putting any police officers at risk. The unmanned aerial vehicles provided a close-up view of what was going on in the car. Quickly the police officers learned that the woman was washing down pills with vodka. The drone operator was even able to inform the SWAT team when the woman had her finger on the trigger of the gun.
Even though emergency services had found the body in the water, dangerous surf conditions prevented them from retrieving the body. With the help of boats, jet skis, police divers, and drones, they were able to safely bring the body back to shore on Thursday morning.
“The drones give us another perspective on the water with a bird’s eye view,” Mr Samuels said. “Drones and helicopters can be very beneficial on a day like this.”
Australia has been deploying drones on a larger scale than anywhere else in the world for rescuing swimmers and keeping beachgoers safe in general. Recently two swimmers were safely brought back to shore with the help of the Little Ripper drone.
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