Police Seek Pilot After Woman Knocked Out Cold By Drone During Pride Parade!

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Police Seek Pilot After Woman Knocked Out Cold By Drone During Pride Parade!

On Sunday, during the Emerald City’s Pride parade, a 25-year-old woman was hit by the two-pound drone. The woman, whose name was not released by police, collapsed into the arms of her boyfriend.

Some of the woman’s friends apparently located the drone and turned it over to police, who described it as retailing for “about $1,200” and weighing “about two pounds.” Those bystanders also handed over photographs of a man believed to be the drone’s pilot.

Seattle police seek pilot after woman knocked out by falling drone – $1,200 drone located by witnesses, turned over to police.

While we don’t want to make light of the fact someone was injured, we do desperately want to get folks attention. We as a hobby and as an industry have asked, begged, pleaded, and preached, DO NOT FLY NEAR or OVER PEOPLE until we are blue in the face trying to avoid exactly this sort of issue. The repercussions from this incident are going to be profound and far reaching. I can see cities with no drone zones or citywide bans because this person failed to use their head.

The person flying this did not MEAN to injure someone, they just failed to use even a trace of common sense. They failed to understand that just because these are easy to get in the air, they are not toys! They require training and practice to fly competently and safely. The fact that the pilot did not come forward, paints us all in a bad light, and makes the industry look reckless and irresponsible. There are already four anti drone bills in the Legislature in California this year. One of which could seriously hamper both police and search and rescue efforts to keep the public safe, all because people do not take responsibility for their actions.

Please, there are tons of resources to help you learn to be safe… Drone Universities is only one but please, please, PLEASE get some help and training and STAY AWAY from crowds, freeways and other places your Drone is going to get you into trouble if it falls from the sky. Because trust me, sooner or later, no matter how matter how careful you have been, it will. And when that day comes having a plan and the skills in place may make the difference between a crash and a catastrophe.

By | 2017-08-31T15:24:50+00:00 July 8th, 2015|Drones, Opinion, Safety|Comments Off on Police Seek Pilot After Woman Knocked Out Cold By Drone During Pride Parade!

About the Author:

Matt Elyash is an instructor for Drone Universities, and has been a pilot since Gerald Ford was in office. A Retired Naval Aircrewman with 24 years of experience in advanced sensor operations for maritime surveillance, he saw the potential of this technology and has been flying fixed wing and multirotor sUAVs actively for over three years.