Seattle's Komo News does Tame Story about Drone Buzzing Space Needle

Seattle's Komo News did an excellent piece about a drone buzzing the Space Needle this week. The video is at http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Police-investigate-drone-strike-... I was impressed at how tame it came out. The police in particular made it clear that policing drones is not a priority and that the operator had no interest of harm. I'm pleased at how well Seattle police are handling this unlike the NYPD helicopter fiasco. An interesting piece of the story is that the operator is an out of town employee of Amazon.com. 

I was surprised that Komo didn't mention anything about the possibility of the drone hitting tourism helicopters buzzing the needle. Komo's own helicopter crashed this year next to the Space Needle. I wonder if the DJI should be painted yellow with labels saying "Don't fly over 400FT"

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Comment by Darrell Burkey on July 25, 2014 at 4:34am

These Phantom thingies must be incredibly easy to fly and reliable if anyone can pick one up and do a flight like this. I keep hearing about crazy things people are doing with them but I haven't heard of anyone getting hurt yet. I guess it's just a matter of time. If the Police don't think it's an issue then why should I? I love their excuse that they are just too busy. 

Comment by Daniel Lukonis on July 25, 2014 at 5:49am

Police need to buy Phantoms and paint them blue and red to chase down the other Phantoms ;-)

Comment by Martin on July 25, 2014 at 6:43am

That's terrible, he could have been carrying hundreds of pounds of explosives or even taken it down. The people were in mortal danger...........HA

Can you say over reaction. Even the cop was smiling...But these are way to easy to get and fly for newbie drubes with no sense.

Comment by John on July 25, 2014 at 6:54am
He shouldn't be flying there.... There's a helipad only about 500 feet from the space needle.
Comment by Ron Perry on July 25, 2014 at 7:39am
NBCs Today Show this morning says Police found an Amazon employee in the hotel room it flew back to. If he was on the clock you can be the has a pretty good lawyer! Amazon is pushing the issue, they want to deliver.
Comment by Pedals2Paddles on July 25, 2014 at 8:38am

A nice story to read for once. But notice the URL...  Really?  Drone strike?

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Police-investigate-drone-strike-on-Space-Needle-268518072.html?tab=video&c=y


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Comment by Stephen Zidek on July 25, 2014 at 9:37am

Only now am I bothered by the fact that the space needle's name is misleading: there is no way a traditional multicopter could fly in space.

Comment by John on July 25, 2014 at 10:03am
There's also a float plane port on lake union about a mile from there. Again he shouldn't be flying there in the middle of a city with all this air traffic and all the people. There needs to be tough laws and heavy fines for this behavior to protect the diydrone community.
Comment by Timothy Clemans on July 25, 2014 at 11:23am

I think the city should make a law restricting drones to under 400ft and enforce it for high profile incidents like this.

Comment by John on July 25, 2014 at 1:56pm
The 400 foot rule doesn't matter here because your within a mile of an airport and a helipad. There's no rc flying allowed in these areas at all regardless of altitude unless you notify the airport or heliport. An accident is bound to happen and all will be banned with high penalties when it does happen. It will then be a federal homeland security offense.

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