A Drone Caused Serious Damage After Crashing Into An Army Helicopter Over Staten Island

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A civilian drone flying well over the regulated height above Staten Island crashed into a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter last week, causing an alarming amount of damage, according to Army officials with the 82nd Airborne Division via The New York Post.

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Officials believe the unintentional collision is the first time a civilian drone has hit a military aircraft in flight, raising serious concerns about the growing commercial drone market, and strengthening the need for enforcement of existing drone flight regulations.

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According to officials, the U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter was flying at 500 feet over the residential area of Staten Island in New York at around 8 p.m. on Thursday when it crashed with the drone. Regulations clearly dictate that civilian drones should not be flown above 400 feet. It is also illegal to fly a drone in NYC beyond the city’s parks.

The crash caused some serious damage, denting the aircraft’s fuselage and a window, as well as causing blade damage. The helicopter was able to return and land safely, but the incident could have easily escalated into a serious crash.

There was no mention of the drone operator, but an investigation by the NYPD and military is under way.

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DISCUSSION

porscheracer
PorscheRacer

Really? A plastic drone that weighs nothing caused “serious damage” to a mighty war machine which purpose is to operate and survive under heavy fire ? Made “dents” in the armored fuselage and a bulletproof window? I hit a Phantom head-on with my car on race track, doing around 100mph at the time. Ended up with scratched vinyl decal, a mark on the rubber windshield gasket and broken plastic GPS antenna...

Besides, what was a heavy military helicopter doing flying 500ft over the residential area at 8PM?