Ladies and gentlemen the results are in, and as expected the Phantom operator was operating beyond visual line of sight, and with no idea of the regulations he or she should have been complying with. Interesting that the NTSB has looked at previous log files and noted that the operator flew above 400’and that they …
PIRatE Lab’s insight:
Gary does a GREAT run down of this first-ever proven collision of a drone (UAV) with an aircraft (U.S. airspace or elsewhere).
Read this as a cautionary tale. There are about 12 ways this could have been avoided, starting with common sense and basic safety as a starting consideration.