Drone Crashes On Memorial Day Parade

It was a nightmare that almost happened. A hobby drone crashed and did hit a crowd watching a Memorial Day parade; fortunately, it turned to be a minor mishap.

The NY Daily News carried this story:

A drone hovering over a Memorial Day parade in Marblehead, Mass., struck a building and fell on two spectators below on Monday. Scot Yount suffered a small gash in the back of the neck when he and another spectator were hit by the out-of-control drone, CBS Boston reported.

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One of the two people struck by the drone, The Boston Globe notes, was former NECN reporter Chris Yount, (other reports notes his name as Scot) who had monitored drone regulation. “People went nuts because it’s a drone,” Yount told the paper. “I think there’s a lot of controversy over licensing and operating drones.” – Read more here:

The FAA is now investigating this latest of hobby drone crashes. Scot Yount, who had a cut on his neck and head, was holding his one-year-old daughter moments before the incident. “That guy has to think about where he flies that thing,” Yount told WBZ on Monday. “If he’d hit my daughter, I’d be pretty upset.” – Read more:

Only hobby drones are allowed to fly more freely, provided they follow basic safety flight rules: no flying over 400 feet, stay five miles away from airports, and always keep the drone in your line of sight.

Meanwhile, commercial drones are generally on hold except on a case-to-case basis, and regulations covering them are stricter. Even drones that can be used for commercial aerial photography services are not allowed as yet to operate, though some drone flyers with this purpose in mind are doing so at the risk of being fined.

James Davis, publisher of  The Droneologist reiterates: “Safety at all times is paramount. Accidents are accidents, and no one would want them, but these can also be prevented with better planning, foresight and simply observing the rules.”


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