Drone Falls And Nearly Misses World Cup Skier!
Dec. 23, 2015 - It is what we always fear about the drones. The drone carrying a TV camera came down and shattered on the slope just behind Marcel Hirscher, an Olympic silver medalist as he started his second run. Due to this incident the International Ski Federation is banning camera drones from its World Cup races after it nearly hit the Austrian skier during a slalom in Italy.
According to the Chicago Tribune, "FIS will prohibit drones "as long as I am responsible ... because they are a bad thing for safety," men's race director Markus Waldner told The Associated Press on Wednesday, a day after the night race in Madonna di Campiglio."
"It was huge luck that Marcel was not hurt," Waldner said. "I am very angry."
The sports marketing agency Infront, said its initial investigation "indicates a malfunction of the drone." Infront claims there was a problem of interference with the operating frequency. They claim the pilot followed official security procedure by flying it close to the ground before releasing it. They were trying to destroy the drone to prevent it from losing control.
"He did not follow our instructions," the race director said. "He had to fly outside of the race track and follow the racer from a 15-meter (50-foot) distance. Then there would have been a margin and nothing could have happened."