In Memphis, A Drone Forces Two Medical Helicopters To Land

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In Memphis, A Drone Forces Two Medical Helicopters To Land

In Memphis, Tennessee, a small group of drone operators are breaking the law in Memphis, they are endangering people and it’s reflecting negatively on the entire drone community. The most recent incident was a near accident with two medical helicopters carry young patients en route to the hospital. A drone forced the helicopters to land and an ambulance was used to transport the injured.

A recent incident almost caused an accident with a two medical helicopters with children patients on board trying to get to the hospital.

There are laws and regulations in place to make sure everyone stays safe in the air but local pilots are seeing a growing trend of recreational drone operators breaking those laws, flying drones in areas they shouldn’t. and it’s putting lives in danger.

“We don’t normally look for airborne hazards. Drones are usually small, they’re not lit, they don’t have any communication ability,” said Bratton.

Here’s what Bratton said happened the night of the 12th. The first chopper was coming in from the west and landed on Le Bonheur’s helipad. Shortly after, the pilot spotted a drone and for safety reasons could not take off. That forced the second chopper to land six blocks south at a different helipad.

An ambulance had to then take the patient back to Le Bonheur, wasting precious minutes. Bratton says the drone was hovering under the aircraft as it approached.

Drone nearly collides with medical chopper with patient on board

Welcome to Memphis US78 north of Shelby Dr Memphis TN 02.jpg, Credit: Wikimedia CommonsAbout Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is a city in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Shelby County. The city is located on the fourth Chickasaw Bluff, south of the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi rivers.

Memphis had a population of 652,717 in 2016, making it the second-largest city in the state of Tennessee. It is the largest city on the Mississippi River, the third largest in the greater Southeastern United States, and the 23rd largest in the United States. The greater Memphis metropolitan area, including adjacent counties in Mississippi and Arkansas, had a 2014 population of 1,317,314. This makes Memphis the second-largest metropolitan area in Tennessee, surpassed by metropolitan Nashville.

Memphis is the youngest of Tennessee’s major cities, founded in 1819 as a planned city by a group of wealthy Americans including judge John Overton and future president Andrew Jackson. A resident of Memphis is referred to as a Memphian, and the Memphis region is known, particularly to media outlets, as Memphis and the Mid-South.

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By |2017-08-31T15:23:29-08:00June 27th, 2017|Drone Law, Drones, First Responder, Safety|Comments Off on In Memphis, A Drone Forces Two Medical Helicopters To Land

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