Various Swiss media have reported a collision between a drone and a helicopter in the Verzasca Valley. The collision happened high above the Verzasca Dam in the canton of Ticino, Switzerland, last Friday, May 25. The Swiss Security Investigation Service (SUST) has identified the drone pilot, a 42-year-old Swiss from the canton of Lucerne.
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AeroVironment Inc. has been accused that it has been trying to conceal that employees brought a military drone loaded with explosives on board of a Delta flight and that the company retaliated against a whistleblowing manager.
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The Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) air traffic authority in Germany said that incidents between drones and commercial jets in 2017 rose less than expected considering how popular the unmanned aerial devices have become. However, airlines around the world did express their concerns about drone incidents, which resulted in the International Air Transport Association backing efforts by the United Nations’ aviation agency, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to develop a global drone registry as we reported earlier today.
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According to a report from UK Airprox Board, the country’s air safety agency, the Airbus 319 carrying 160 passengers almost hit a drone after taking off from Heathrow Airport. The commercial jet passed a mere 20 feet underneath the drone at an altitude of 4,800 feet. The incident happened on January 7 and received the highest possible risk rating from the board.
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In New Zealand a drone got dangerously close to an Air Force helicopter. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was spotted less then 200 feet away from the helicopter, which at the time of the incident flew at around 3,000 feet as it was approaching Auckland’s Whenuapai Air Force Base. Operations at the base were suspended for 30 minutes.
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