Springfield Man Charged With Refusing To Land Drone

File photo(Photo: Flickr)
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An Ohio man is facing charges after deputies say a video camera-equipped drone he was flying over an accident scene hindered the landing of a medical helicopter.

But Kele Stanley of Springfield said he’s been unfairly charged. The hobbyist – who was flying the $4,000 drone over a crash scene to shoot photos and video on Saturday morning – said he would have landed it immediately if he knew a medical helicopter was en route.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said Stanley several times refused to stop flying his drone while the helicopter was preparing to land. The helicopter was able to land and depart safely from the scene.

Stanley is facing a felony charge of obstructing official business, and misdemeanor charges of misconduct at an emergency and disorderly conduct.

  • David Tussey

    Hmmm…so in the end the helicopter was not impeded by the drone, as it landed and departed safely, according to this story. So maybe the Sheriff’s office was a bit over zealous?

    But it is clear that the FAA rules allowing individual drones as mixed traffic with other commercial and recreation aircraft need to be overhauled. Again we find technology outpacing public policy.