Category Archives: Wrecks/Fails/Close Calls

Actions have consequences. Especially stupid, illegal & dangerous actions – he could have killed someone.

A 20-year-old Pasco man won’t serve any jail time for crashing a drone onto the roof of Seattle’s Space Needle on New Year’s Eve 2016, but he’s been ordered by a Seattle, Washington Municipal judge to forfeit the aircraft, according to court records.

Cole Kelley pleaded guilty Tuesday to a gross misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment, acknowledging he “flew a drone in a manner that caused a likelihood of harm to persons or property,” court records say.

Drone hits Chinese toddler, causing facial injury. Owner fled the park where it struck the boy.

Pictures show the boy with a large gash several centimeters long across his face, from the right of his nose to the top of his left eyebrow.

He was given seven stitches, according to a report by Beijing Morning Post. Police said they were investigating a 14-year-old expat, it said.

Eyewitnesses said the drone’s owner had blond hair and left the park after it hit Chengcheng, stated website The Beijinger, which said recently installed CCTV cameras were not recording at the time.

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A year of drone rescues around the world.

In the past year alone, media accounts from five continents have documented dozens of people saved from danger thanks to drones. Rescuers have used drones to drop buoys to struggling swimmers in Australia and Brazil; England and America; and find stranded people in farm fields, along rivers and on mountain trails.

From May 2017 through April 2018, DJI has counted 65 people who were rescued from peril by use of a drone.

A single incident involved 24 tourists lost at night on a mountain with no food or water.  Searchers found them with a drone after three hours of effort, and needed hours more to carry them to safety. While it is unlikely that all 24 would have perished without the drone’s help, some were clearly saved from potential injury or death

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