NYPD Helicopter Nearly Crashes into UAVs Near GW Bridge

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 08, 2014 No Comments
Categories : UAV Safety

Another near collision between manned and unmanned aircraft has happened: This time it was over the George Washington Bridge in New York City.

According to an article on the New York Post, two men were arrested after they were flying their small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at an altitude of 2,000 feet near the bridge and then circling near a New York Police Department (NYPD) Aviation Unit helicopter.

The NYPD reportedly had to change direction in order to avoid hitting the vehicles and followed them for 20 minutes until the UAVs landed near Fort Tryon Park.

NYPD Patrol was then called to arrest the operators, 23- and 34-year-old New Yorkers, for felony reckless endangerment.

The men’s lawyer does not believe the near collision is as bad as people think it is; he claims the UAVs cannot fly above 300 feet. However, a source told the Post that the men are known for the “alien stuff” they do with the aircraft and often operate them up to 5,000 feet.

Several near collisions between manned and unmanned vehicles have happened in recent times – notably, in May, a US Airways plane and a CRJ2 aircraft near a Tallahassee, Fla., airport. Just recently, a UAV came in close proximity with planes at Canada's Vancouver International Airport.

The full New York Post report can be found here.

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