CASA plans legal action over drone crash in Geraldton

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-25/casa-plans-legal-action-over-...

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is planning legal action against a drone operator after a triathlon competitor was allegedly hit by an unmanned aircraft in WA's Mid West.

If it goes ahead, CASA says it will be the first time in Australia that the use of drones has resulted in court action.

This was discussed on diydrones in this blog http://diydrones.com/profiles/blog/show?id=705844%3ABlogPost%3A1615...

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Comment by Pedals2Paddles on June 25, 2014 at 9:07am

Good. Dumb people should be held accountable for the their dumb actions.  Too bad the media loves making it sound like an armed reaper came out of the sky and hit her.

Comment by Tyrell John on June 25, 2014 at 10:01am

Operator at fault not the equipment.

Comment by Mike T on June 25, 2014 at 5:22pm

was he just using a phantom? did the event organisers actually ask him to film the event? interesting to see what happens.

Comment by Darrell Burkey on June 27, 2014 at 5:00pm

This article has more detailed info including a photo of his COA. However, the big issue is that apparently his daughter was doing the flying at the time. 

Comment by Adam Kroll on June 29, 2014 at 7:50am

Yeah, the photo is of his controllers license, not operating certificate, meaning he can work for a company with an operating certificate, but his company can't fly commercially legally. 

The article makes a good point also in that any company requesting his services wouldn't have known that he didn't have the correct certification.

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