UAV Obstructs Landing of Hospital Helicopter

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 28, 2014 No Comments
Categories : UAV Safety

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has reportedly gotten in the way of a patient-toting helicopter making its landing at a Dayton, Ohio, hospital.

According to the Dayton Daily News, a CareFlight helicopter had to delay its landing and circle over the Miami Valley Hospital for almost 10 minutes when the pilot spotted a UAV in the area.

The report says although the UAV was flying across the street by a man who was hired to capture aerial footage of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, the hospital filed his report with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which says UAVs cannot fly within 400 feet of a hospital.

The patient was not harmed by the delayed landing, and the UAV operator – who was not arrested – is reportedly cooperating with police.

Michael Toscano, who is the president and CEO of the Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International, says, according to the article, this is another demonstration of the need for regulations surrounding UAVs: “Most people will follow the rules if they know what the rules are.”

The full Dayton Daily News report can be found here.

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