Blackhawk Hits Drone Over New York

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The Army has confirmed that one of its Blackhawk helicopters hit a drone while patrolling over New York City on Thursday. The collision occurred about 7:30 p.m. over Staten Island, Fox News reported. The station obtained photos of the marks left behind by the drone along with one of its rotor arms. Debris was found in the oil cooler and there were marks on the fuselage and rotor blades.

The helicopter was at about 500 feet providing security for the U.N. General Assembly when it hit the drone, said Lt. Col. Joe Buccino of the 82nd Airborne in Fort Bragg. Mechanics swapped out the rotor blades and put the Blackhawk into service the next day.

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That was probably a "No Fly Zone". That looks like a motor from a DJI drone. If the drone pilot had done the recommended "Precision Geo-Fencing" update, the quad wouldn't have been able to get to that altitude. That's a shame because it makes all drone operators look bad.

... And the new Rotor blades cost us taxpayers a bunch of money, not to mention jeopardizing the safety of the crew plus people and property below. But it was New York so: "Rules??? ... Forget-about-it! "

Posted by: Dennis Logue | September 25, 2017 12:27 PM    Report this comment

At least there wasn't any damage done. As we all know, and as it has all too often been published, a drone cannot damage a regular aircraft so there isn't anything to be concerned about. :-/

Posted by: Samuel Cobb | September 25, 2017 1:42 PM    Report this comment

The cost of replacing the rotors on a Blackhawk has to exceed $25,000. Will the NTSB investigate, or is this collision be thwart the free sharing of information by being a military investigation?

Posted by: John Townsley | September 25, 2017 6:00 PM    Report this comment

And just plane lucky it was a battle hardened rotor blade on a Blackhawk. Maybe the blades on a 407 may not be so lucky. Hate to lose lives for some ......"Nimrod" wanting that cool video for his facebook page.

Posted by: Roger Mullins | September 25, 2017 8:14 PM    Report this comment

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