Woman knocked out by drone at Seattle Pride parade

Something like this was bound to happen with the mass market of drones to people not having safety in mind.

By Stephanie Klein, MyNorthwest.com Editor | June 29, 2015

A woman was knocked unconscious by a small drone at Seattle's Pride parade on Sunday.

Police say she was in the crowd near 4th Avenue and Madison when the drone crashed into a nearby building and fell onto the woman. Her boyfriend caught her as she crumpled to the ground.

An off-duty firefighter treated the woman and called for police.

Full story here Drone crash

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Comment by John on June 30, 2015 at 8:15am
I live in Seattle so this one is close to home. I fear they it might force laws/restrictions against all drones ... Even the safe operators since it involved a pretty serious injury.

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on June 30, 2015 at 8:16am

I think this incident goes to show what a 2 pound hit to the head from above can do to a person.



Comment by Scott W on June 30, 2015 at 8:23am

It was a lot more force than 2lbs after a drop.. 
I was hovering my 5lb drone over my car, and decided to do some calculations...
If it lost power and fell from the height it was at, it would have been the same force as 1000lbs hitting the car from 1 foot up.

Comment by Bill Bonney on June 30, 2015 at 9:21am

The fact that the operator left the scene is disgraceful. It's like leaving the scene of an car accident. Seriously, people need to take some responsibility. (Oh, and those GPS modes around buildings are getting any better surprisingly! multipathing anybody)

Comment by Gary McCray on June 30, 2015 at 10:32am

I agree Bill, exactly the same as hit and run and should have the same consequences.

Also right on track with the multipath.

The fact is that nobody emphasizes the limitations of GPS enough (ourselves included).

All they ever talk about is how great it is and how it solves every problem.

Of course that is nonsense and in fact it is the main thing that is likely to screw up and cause trouble.

I love GPS for what it can do but I am totally mindful of it's limitations.

Generally i would say your average Quadcopter flyer is totally unaware.

And this is a perfectly good example illustrating that copters designed for non-professional users need to be even smaller, lighter and safer.

Basically I think the current/new goal with camera and gimbal should be under a pound with lots of foam.

A phantom weighs a kilo and it is dense hard plastic, she was lucky to have only been knocked out she could easily have been killed.

A Parrot BeBop would on the other hand probably have been a minor annoyance rather than a near catastrophe.

(Of course I wouldn't want a Solo landing on my head either :)

Comment by Greg Nuspel on June 30, 2015 at 11:02am

Flying over an open assembly of people is just stupid. A risk that doesn't make sense. 

Comment by Gary Mortimer on June 30, 2015 at 1:10pm

Lets hope there are a couple of operator selfies on the camera and the chap can discuss his lack of moral fiber with some grown ups once they have worked out who he is.

Comment by DG on June 30, 2015 at 7:00pm

Did they ever say what brand/model Drone it was?

Comment by HeliStorm on June 30, 2015 at 7:33pm

Gary McCray...I think the crop of smaller lighter drones is going to be exactly what the average consumer is hungry for, and not realize it yet. I am seriously considering a BeBop for fun, simple flights with better than average results for something of the size. Zano drone looks to be another contender too. The Microdrone 3.0 with micro gimbal. The new RCLogger EOX pro edition with micro gimbal. All of these have the chance to open up the market for micro aerial photography.

Comment by Gary McCray on June 30, 2015 at 8:19pm

Hi HeliStorm,

I've actually been harping on micro quadcopters for over a year now and I am utterly convinced they are the path of the future for 90+ percent of "drone" sales.

The fact is that it is quite feasible to stuff really good 1080P video and great FPV capability into a 250 (or even 200) sized quadcopter and for the vast majority of people there is just no compelling argument to go bigger.

Aside from the economy of scale, the primary driving issue is safety with increased portability and reduced perceived impact also being important.

The one argument you can make right now is that bigger quads can fly longer, but the smaller ones can make possible the implementation of Lithium Ion batteries with their higher power densities and erase that advantage.

Bigger multicopters are really only needed for high end (not real estate agent) commercial video, photo and mapping use and for cargo transportation (at the moment not a compelling use in any quantity). 

By the end of the year I expect the overwhelming importance of 200 - 250 sized quadcopters to be clear to everybody.

The Solo and Inspire have a lot of cool stuff, but electronics is really easy to miniaturize and the cameras should be component level objects like they are in the cell phones they came from.

By years end everything in a Solo or Inspire will be available in a 250 sized quadcopter (You Heard It Here First!)

I make lots of predictions, the large majority of them come true, but I am often off on the timing (mostly thanks to failing to adequately appreciate the effect of Corporate self interest in retarding advance (HDTV for instance).

Amazingly targeted advertising has managed to put up a MicroDrone add on the right side of my screen - they are getting better at it.

When we have Holographic displays we are probably going to have to stamp out the targeted holographic ads with a virtual fly swatter.

BTW I think the Zano is really cool, but it and the MicroDrone are limited in my estimation by using brushed motors.

Brushless motors (especially brushless motors with really good bearings) are of really really major importance to turning our little toys into serious tools and there is much work to be done there yet along with a lot better propeller design.

Best Regards,



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