Drone Delays Critical Medical Helicopter Takeoff in New Ipswich

In a concerning event in New Ipswich, a drone recently interfered with the timely departure of a medical helicopter. The incident occurred on a Wednesday night when the aftermath of a motorcycle and pickup truck collision had emergency responders racing against time.

The motorcyclist, identified as 32-year-old Jessica Westover from Fitchburg, , had sustained severe injuries. Fire Chief Gary Somero highlighted the urgency, stating that the medical helicopter was critical for transporting the injured motorcyclist. However, it remained grounded due to a hovering drone.

One of the voiced the urgency, saying, “This helicopter isn't leaving until that thing is on the ground, so we need to figure it out.”

Remarkably, the drone, equipped with flashing red and green lights, was easily spotted in the dark night. Officials speculated that the drone's operator might have launched it after observing the helicopter land.

Soon after, New Ipswich managed to identify and approach the drone operator, who was in the process of securing his equipment.

Chief Somero expressed concern over the growing popularity of drones, fearing they might lead to similar incidents, potentially having grave outcomes.

He sternly warned, “That could be serious, and you're endangering the helicopter. When you have an emergency scene, please stay away.”

While Westover's condition remains undisclosed, the fate of the drone operator remains uncertain. It's still unclear whether any charges will be brought against him. Meanwhile, Chief Somero stresses the importance of public awareness regarding the proper use of drones.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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