Thursday, December 2, 2021

Activists release video of drone being shot down

The activist group whose drone was shot down by hunters on Sunday, Nov. 19 has released video of the incident.

A drone owned by SHARK, or SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness, was flying above the Wing Pointe club in Berks County, Penn. and observing a pigeon shooting event when it came under fire.

“As soon as I hit the go home mode, because the GPS and compasses were damaged, it went crazy,” said Steve Hindi, SHARK president and the pilot of the drone, in a phone interview with sUASNews on Monday.


The video released by SHARK begins with footage of SHARK activists testing the drone, an Cinestar 8 octocopter, before sending it over Wing Pointe property. On-board footage from the drone shows people on the ground chasing birds.

The footage cuts to the drone’s ground control station, which includes a laptop computer and an additional monitor. About the 1:37 mark, shot rings out and Steve Hindi can be heard saying “That sounded different; I’m bringing it back.”

Hindi manually flies the damaged drone in for  a landing.

On the ground, the octocopter begins smoking, and a member of the animal rights group approaches the drone, detaches its battery, and throws it aside.

sUASNews reported the incident Monday, which was the fourth time SHARK lost a drone from gunfire.

Matthew Schroyer is a drone journalist and founder of DroneJournalism.org. He can be reached at [email protected], or on Twitter as @matthew_ryan

Matthew Schroyerhttp://dronejournalism.org
Drone & data Journalist, building sUAVs for community intelligence, founder of DroneJournalism.org. Social network analyst, communications, Drones for Schools program development for a National Science Foundation grant at the University of Illinois. Writes on MentalMunition.com. Tweets @matthew_ryan