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Thursday, September 24, 2015

California Drone Crash Renews FAA Concern

The FAA said it is escalating its enforcement of UAS regulations following the Sept. 12 crash of a drone that kicked up loose debris into a nearby infant in Pasadena, California. A 24-year-old drone operator lost signal reception with a DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter flying beyond visual line of sight, according to Pasadena Star-News. The drone crashed near an infant in a stroller, kicking up debris that left a bruise and quarter-inch cut on the infant's forehead. The operator was not charged, but the FAA is reviewing a police report forwarded to the Van Nuys Flight Standards District Office and might pursue fines. The agency in August released a report listing more than 700 sightings of drones by pilots. The agency's treatment of the report and the ensuing media coverage were maligned by UAS industry proponents who said only a small fraction of the entries actually involved near-midair collisions. Still, those critics warned that using drones irresponsibly can present dangers to the public.


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