Wednesday, December 8, 2021

CBS uses drone to obtain footage of Costa Concordia ship wreck

How do you get video of a ship that’s partially sunken and tilted to one side? CBS’s answer: a drone.

The producer of a 60 Minutes story on the Costa Concordia that aired this week used a drone to get to some hard-to-reach spots. CBS hosts the video from 60 Minutes Overtime, which shows how a story is put together behind the scenes.

By current regulations, this isn’t something that could have taken place in the United States. FAA regulations do not permit commercial use of drones at any altitude, and even news programs that air on commercial stations are defined as commercial use.

CBS obtained this footage near the one year anniversary of the disaster. The Costa Concordia was carrying 3,229 passengers and 1,023 crew when it ran aground off the coast of Isola del Giglio, Italy, on January 13.

At least 30 died in the accident, and 64 were injured. Efforts to dismantle the ship are ongoing.

The Multi Rotor used was the very pretty Scrabble from Italian Company ItalDron

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