Owner knows why drone crashed into stands at bull run

Photo by Dave Parrish

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I really can’t believe that the FAA are going to be very happy about the latest statement from Scott Hansen the owner of the multirotor, that hit spectators at the recent Virginia Bull Run.

Some GoogleFu will find folks in forums pointing out plenty of non standard modifications just from the image above. The person hiring the equipment should have an expectation of an airworthy system, but also should have enough experience to not fly non airworthy systems.

Of course that last line would all be good if either activity were legal in the USA.


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WTVR) — The owner of an unmanned aircraft crashed into the stands during last weekend’s Great Bull Run in Dinwiddie County said he knows what caused the drone to fall.

Scott Hansen, a Virginia Beach filmmaker, said the batteries died in the unmanned aircraft, which caused the machine to drop violently from the sky.

“I think it was just pilot error in this particular situation,” said Hansen. “I’ve seen them crash before. We`ve been pretty good about not crashing it — and I just think he had it too high.”

Hansen said he leased the unmanned aircraft to the organizers of the Great Bull Run. He said no training is required to fly them, but he only loans the device out to pilots with at least a few weeks training.

The FAA is still investigating the crash, which injured five people.

Hansen also said he will compensate the victims who were hurt.

http://wtvr.com/2013/08/29/owner-knows-why-drone-crashed-into-stands-at-bull-run/

Of course Scott denied it was his airframe when sUAS News discovered it before WTVR and other outlets

@ScottHansenfilm @sUASnews not ours. We were flying at the east coast surfing championships all weekend. I heard about it though

He has since admitted to it:-

@sUASnews Yea it was one of my birds that was used in the event, I wasn’t there, however everything has been handled.

@ScottHansenfilm

@sUASnews What the pilot told me is the batteries died and obviously he got way too close to the crowd. He shouldn’t have been over a crowd.