Ski Federation Bans Drones After One Nearly Killed a Ski Racer

Ski Federation Bans Drones After One Nearly Killed a Ski Racer

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Ski Federation Bans Drones After One Nearly Killed a Ski Racer

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FIS men’s racing director, Markus Waldner, came out strongly after the incident banning drone use, “as long as I am responsible, because they are a bad thing for safety.” He went on to say,“It was huge luck that Marcel was not hurt. I am very angry.” 

The 22lbs drone was carrying a camera that was being used for the broadcast. It came crashing onto the course from a height of 65 feet.  If that sized payload had hit Marcel Hirscher the consequences could have been dire, let alone the fact that it had spinning blades.

Markus Waldner agreed to drone use at the race in Madonna di Campiglio but the drone pilot was not supposed to fly directly over the course. The drone pilot was instructed to maintain a 50 foot distance from the racer and to stay clear of the racecourse but obviously he did not follow either of those instructions.

Hirscher finished the race and took to social media with a light hearted post, but later in his blog he wrote,“Quite honestly, if I look at the pictures from the drone crash on the internet, I get sweaty palms and tremble.”

The company responsible for the drone and pilot, InFront Marketing, is looking into the reason for the crash but has not come out with any information beyond that.

Heavy air traffic in Italy 😳 #crazy #drone #crash #luckyme

A photo posted by Marcel Hirscher (@marcel__hirscher) on

 

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