Drone operator fined after drone crashed into Triathlete

The operator of a drone that crashed onto a triathlete earlier this year has been fined $1,700. A 20-year-old woman was operating the drone above a group of athletes in April when the device unexpectedly experienced radio interference and dropped to the ground. It crashed onto a competitor, who sustained head injuries. The evidence indicated that the cause of the incident was not the actions of the operator but rather radio interference to the UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) caused by the event's timing device, the statement said. However, a spokesman said there was evidence the drone was flown too close to people.

Always check the laws and regulations on how close you can operate your drone in the vicinity of people.

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