FAA Gives Nod for Drone to Join Search and Rescue of Missing Texan Woman

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given its nod for the use of a drone in the ongoing search-and-rescue operations for a missing Texan woman.

DallasNews reported Texas EquuSearch has gotten permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to start using a drone to assist in the search for a missing Fort Worth woman. Use of the unmanned aircraft can start at 8 a.m. Thursday, said Tim Miller, founder and director of the Houston-based search-and-recovery team.

Equusearch is working closely with Plano police.There are tips coming in, but so far it has led to little. “They get the right lead, we get the right spot, and we can bring some kind of closure to this,” Miller said. Read more at:

It will be recalled that earlier this year, EquuSearch was prohibited by FAA from using their drones. The company filed a complaint against FAA, then a federal appeals court ruled that an e-mail correspondence it received from the FAA earlier this year informing them of the agency’s policy regarding drones was not legally binding.

Hopefully, with a drone called in, the search operations will be able to produce answers as to the whereabouts of Christina Morris, and with it, convince the FAA of the benefit and importance of civilian drones in such situations as this.


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