Category Archives: Wrecks/Fails/Close Calls

Tennessee Man rescued from tree after failed attempt to rescue his drone

A drone pilot who tried to rescue his aircraft when it got stuck at the top of a tree at Rogersville’s Crockett Creek Park Saturday evening had to be rescued from the tree himself when he got stuck about 40 feet up.
Shortly after 8 p.m. on Saturday, the man — who luckily had his phone in his pocket at the time — called Rogersville emergency dispatch from about 40 feet up in the tree to report that he’d climbed about halfway to the top and couldn’t get back down.

Search crews locate missing plane parts via drone after fatal crash in Minden, Nevada

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.

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Close Call With Drone Flying Illegally Left Glider No Room to Take Evasive Action.

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.

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Charleston, South Carolina helicopter crash blamed on drone.

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.

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The Jig is Up. FAA Investigating Video of Drone Flying Dangerously Close to Airliner

The video, originally posted to a drone enthusiast Facebook group by someone called James Jayo Older who describes himself as a Las Vegas high school student, shows the drone quickly climbing to an altitude of at least 1,000 feet mere seconds before a Frontier Airlines Airbus A320 flies under it. Drones are restricted to heights of no more than 400 feet, but a custom-built racing drone like the one many drone enthusiasts suspect was involved in the Las Vegas incident would not be restricted by “geo-fencing” algorithms build into consumer drones.

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