UAV Gets a Penalty Flag at an NFL Game

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 27, 2014 No Comments
Categories : UAV Safety

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been unwelcome guests at several sporting events in recent times. Now, another incident has been added to the list: A UAV was spotted hovering over a professional football game in Charlotte, N.C.

According to the Charlotte Observer, fans in Section 105 of Bank of America Stadium were watching the Panthers play the Chiefs when they spotted a camera-equipped UAV over them near the end of the preseason game.

After a helicopter shone a light on the aircraft, the UAV reportedly disappeared out of the stadium. The operator was then identified and questioned by police, who then sent a report to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The article says, however, that the vehicle did not cause a big enough disruption for the players to even know about the incident until it was brought up by reporters.

Earlier this summer, a UAV was spotted flying over a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. Not long before that, someone accidentally got a UAV lodged on top of the Dallas Cowboys’ football stadium. In the world of soccer, the French football team said they noticed a UAV flying over them at a practice for the World Cup.

The full Charlotte Observer report can be found here.

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