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.
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 drone flying above the recommended height near an airfield “endangered” aircraft, passing close to a glider.
The gilder pilot reported that the drone came within 20-50m (65-164ft) of their aircraft on their approach to Dunstable, Bedfordshire, at a height of 550ft (168m) on New Year’s Day.
The UK Airprox Board said had the drone been on a “collision course” the glider would have been unlikely to respond.
Federal authorities are investigating a helicopter crash that happened Wednesday near the southern tip of Daniel Island.
A Robinson R22 helicopter struck a tree and crash-landed Wednesday afternoon, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Kathleen Bergen.
The instructor told police he was giving a lesson to a student pilot at approximately 3:30 p.m. While the student was practicing “low impact and hover taxi maneuvers” above undeveloped land on Daniel Island, they turned and saw a white “DJI Phantom quad-copter” drone headed into their airspace, the report states.
Police say the instructor took controls of the helicopter to avoid the drone and while attempting to land, the helicopter’s tail rudder struck a small tree, causing him to lose control of the helicopter.