A tour helicopter and a drone collided mid-air in Volusia County, Florida, resulting in significant damage to the helicopter, as stated in a news release. The incident occurred near the Daytona Beach Flea Market, causing thousands of dollars in damage to the Leading Edge Helicopter Tours chopper. The collision took place around 2 p.m. on Saturday at an altitude of approximately 180 feet.
Deputies from Volusia County were able to engage with both the helicopter pilot and the drone operator at the scene, located on Tomoka Farms Road. The drone operator informed the deputies that he was recording video for a construction company using a DJI Mavic 2 Pro when the collision occurred. The operator mentioned that he was focused on his tablet when he heard a loud impact and noticed that the drone was no longer airborne, according to the news release.
Fortunately, the helicopter was able to land safely following the collision. However, the rotor blade sustained significant damage, with an estimated cost of approximately $60,000. On the other hand, the drone was completely destroyed in the incident, leaving no chance of recovery.
The helicopter pilot reported that he spotted the drone through his windshield just moments before the collision, but unfortunately, he was unable to avoid the impact. As a result, both the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) were notified of the incident to conduct further investigations.
In light of this incident, the news release concluded with a plea to drone operators to familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations outlined in the Know Before You Fly campaign. By adhering to these guidelines, it is hoped that similar incidents can be avoided in the future.
As investigations into the mid-air collision continue, it serves as a reminder of the importance of responsible drone operation and adherence to aviation regulations. The incident highlights the need for continued education and awareness among drone operators to prevent accidents and protect the safety of both manned and unmanned aircraft in the airspace.
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