Aircraft Lost During Documentary Production
A photographer working on a documentary focusing on Willamette Falls in Oregon has lost a UAV he was using to shoot aerial photos earlier this month, and some residents are taking s dim view of his search for the aircraft.
Brian Dalrymple was operating the Droidworx AD8 Heavy Lift UAS with a Canon EOS 7D camera attached when he lost contact with the aircraft. He says he was able to place the aircraft in "automatic land" mode before it got completely away from him, and it went down near a scenic overlook of the falls.
The 27-year-old photographer told Oregonlive.com that if it survived the landing and the batteries were intact an internal GPS should lead him to the aircraft, but so far he's had no luck finding it. The AD8 has eight "legs" and lifting rotors, making it look a bit like a flying spider. Dalrymple said he had about $16,000 tied up in the aircraft and camera gear.
A West Linn, OR police spokesman said some people who live near the falls have called to complain about the man asking to search their property looking for his UAV. Sgt. Neil Hennelly said that the people who are calling are being assured that Dalrymple is legit, and would just like to find his aircraft.
Model Plane Impacted National Archives Building In Waltham, MA
A wayward RC model airplane made an unscheduled arrival on the roof of the National Archives building in Waltham, MA, sparking a federal investigation which involved the FBI, TSA and Homeland Security.
The unnamed owner of the three-foot RC aircraft reported it missing to local police Thursday evening, saying it was on the rooftop of the federal facility. In a prepared statement, FBI Special Agent Greg Comcowich said "a combination of federal, state and local agencies, including the Federal Protective Service, determined the plane caused little to no damage to the building and a preliminary examination of the plane indicated it did not carry any harmful material.
“Preliminarily, there appears to be nothing nefarious about the event.”
The Waltham News Tribune reports that local officials said there was no damage to any records housed in the Archives, and the only damage to the building appeared to be to a solar panel on the roof.
Still, Comcowich said the agency will do appropriate follow-up, but at this point, "it's a remote controlled plane enthusiast's plane gone awry."
(Thanks to Magician for the heads up)