Drone stuck on 115,000-volt power line

"Watching Saturday’s events unfold, Jones said he knew the job must have cost City Light “quite a bit of money” because there were eight line workers and a fleet of trucks and service vehicles. But when he asked workers what it was costing, he didn’t expect $35,000.

“That is a staggering sum of money — all for the benefit of the liberty to fly some toy around in an environment where it doesn’t belong,” he said."

Full story by the Seattle Times here.

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on May 31, 2015 at 6:48am

Events like this only further the creation of restrictive local/state ordinances by government entities in relation to sUAS operation.



Comment by John on May 31, 2015 at 7:43am

Of course it's a violation of FAA Regulations.... Lake Union is a float plane airport and planes take off and land constantly. I'm sure once they load the video from the drone they'll see where it came from. Here's another video someone took over the same lake that is a float plane airport....

Comment by John on May 31, 2015 at 7:47am

I go to that lake all the time and have fantasies of flying my drone all around it but never would because the danger it imposes and the trouble I can get into. The federal coast guard controls that waterway because it's accessible to ocean craft.

Comment by AA on May 31, 2015 at 7:47am

Yep...  more restrictions coming

NY-bound passenger jet reports near-miss with drone


Comment by Jason Franciosa on May 31, 2015 at 7:54am

While this is clearly another case of a "drone" operator not doing what they are supposed to do. It's things like this...

“It could have been someone engaged in peeping-Tom activities,” he said of whoever was operating the drone. “But, it became a safety concern.”

in the news article that just make me shake my head. at 120 feet there is no way you could be engaged in "peeping tom activities" with the non zoom camera on board. Plus it's clearly beautiful scenery. The person was completely stupid for flying there, but, does the media have to fuel fears of peeping toms to ignorant masses of what the intention and capabilities of these "drones" are?

Comment by Gary McCray on May 31, 2015 at 10:17am

One of the things that is interesting is that the drone that did this is obviously a $3000.00 DJI Inspire.

You'd really think that anybody investing that much would have a lot better idea of what they should and shouldn't do.

That said however there are now many tens (probably hundreds) of thousands of assorted multicopters out there, and most of the people who own them are completely clueless.

This is clearly a Juggernaut that is going to have ongoing consequences.

I don't know if we can actually do anything effective, but it would certainly be to our own and everyone else's benefit if we became more visible in proactively promoting safety, common sense and "rule" following. 

As long as we just sit around here talking about it, the fate of our hobby / passion lies firmly in the hands of those who would ban it outright.

Best regards,


Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 31, 2015 at 12:02pm

Enrique Iglesias injured on stage by a multirotor http://www.suasnews.com/2015/05/36305/enrique-iglesias-grabbed-a-dr... His own fault but not a great day for Inspires.

That Inspire in the power lines must have been activated on the app so DJI knows who owns it. The Police won't take long to find the owner and get the money for the recovery back.

Comment by Darrell Burkey on May 31, 2015 at 3:47pm

This is a good example of why drones should come equipped with a 'self destruct' feature.

Comment by AA on May 31, 2015 at 5:49pm
'Self destruct' as in explosion or melting down or some type of vaporization?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on May 31, 2015 at 6:46pm

Not a great day for Inspires indeed:


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