Drone-Helicopter Collision in Florida Prompts Safety Concerns

A Close Call Above Daytona Beach

In a startling incident over Daytona Beach, , a commercial helicopter collided with a drone, narrowly averting a potential disaster.

The drone incident, which reportedly took place around 2 p.m. on Saturday above the Daytona Beach Flea Market, has raised serious questions about drone safety and airspace regulation.

Details of the Mid-Air Drone Collision

The Volusia Sheriff's Office (VSO) reported that the collision happened when the drone, operated by an individual recording video for a construction company, struck the helicopter at an altitude of 180 feet.

The drone pilot, who was monitoring the flight through a tablet, heard a loud impact and realized that his drone had been knocked out of the air.

Pilot's Skilled Response Prevents Tragedy

The pilot of the helicopter, affiliated with Leading Edge Helicopter Tours, noticed the drone through his windshield but couldn't evade it in time.

Despite the collision and significant damage to the helicopter's rotor blade, estimated at $60,000, the pilot managed to land the aircraft safely.

It remains unclear whether the helicopter was conducting a tour at the time and if there were passengers besides the pilot.

In A Startling Incident Over Daytona Beach, Florida, A Commercial Helicopter Collided With A Drone, Narrowly Averting A Potential Disaster. The Drone Incident, Which Reportedly Took Place Around 2 P.m. On Saturday Above The Daytona Beach Flea Market, Has Raised Serious Questions About Drone Safety And Airspace Regulation.

Investigations Underway

Both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were promptly notified of the incident.

The FAA confirmed that the Robinson R44 helicopter returned safely to the Daytona Beach International with three people onboard.

The authorities are currently investigating the collision, and it is yet to be determined if any charges or citations will be issued.

A Call for Awareness and Regulation Compliance

In light of this incident, VSO has urged drone operators to acquaint themselves with the “Know Before You Fly” campaign.

This campaign emphasizes the importance of understanding rules and regulations to prevent similar incidents.

The collision underscores the critical need for drone pilots to be vigilant about their surroundings, especially when flying near airports and other areas with potential helicopter and aircraft traffic.

Safety First in the Sky

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the risks associated with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and the need for strict adherence to safety protocols.

As drones become increasingly commonplace, both recreational and commercial drone pilots must prioritize safety to ensure the skies remain safe for all.

Photos courtesy of Volusia Sheriff's Office.

In A Startling Incident Over Daytona Beach, Florida, A Commercial Helicopter Collided With A Drone, Narrowly Averting A Potential Disaster. The Drone Incident, Which Reportedly Took Place Around 2 P.m. On Saturday Above The Daytona Beach Flea Market, Has Raised Serious Questions About Drone Safety And Airspace Regulation.

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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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3 Comments

    • Wendell, It looks like the Helicopter Company is about 300 yards from the flee market. according to the LAANC grids in that area a drone would be required to stay below 50ft. Unless they got permission from the FAA to go higher which would be very unlikely with the proximity to the airport. Regardless drone operators are supposed to listen and watch for and avoid manned aircraft.

  1. Wendell
    It looks like the flee market is close to Daytona Beach international Airport. The LAANC grid there is 50 feet in parts of the flee market and 0 ft one corner. So a drone pilot would be required get authorization to fly there and stay below 50ft. It looks like the Helicopter company is about 300 yards from the market. Beside drone pilots are supposed look and listen avoid manned aircraft.

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