As Usain Bolt was taking a victory lap after winning yet another 200-meter race in Beijing, a cameraman on a Segway bumped the track fence, which caused him to lose control. Then, he spun into the fastest man alive and took him down. [Read more…]
If you’ve ever crashed a drone before, you know how sickening that can be as you walk toward the crash site. However, seeing an eagle attack a drone and knock it out of the sky has to be one of the most satisfying drone crashes I have ever seen.
As the drone operator points out, “This is the last thing a small bird sees when a Wedge-Tailed Eagle decides that you are dinner…”
The pilot notes that he hung around the crash area to observe that the eagle was fine after the attack. “[S]he was massive, and used [her] talon’s to ‘punch’ the drone out of the sky.”
And a word of advice going forward:
“Do not fly drones near birds of prey, they clearly attack seeing you as a threat or the right sized dinner. This will cost you money and potentially harm to the bird. This one was fine.. the drone needed some attention before it could fly again.
If you see a bird of prey while flying. Land. I have added this to my operating procedure.”
Earlier this week, a drone nearly collided with an in-bound LAX passenger jet at around 4000′ altitude as it made its approach to land. The pilot reported the near miss to the control tower, stating that “there was just one of those radio controlled helicopter things that went right over the top of us at 4,000.” [Read more…]
A photojournalist from Malaysia National News Agency was covering a cycling race from the back of a motorcycle when he dropped his Nikon D3s. The camera was then ploughed over by the race marshal’s vehicle. When he recovered the camera and applied some duct tape to the battery cover, he finished shooting the race with it. See the video below for his story about how the Nikon D3s saved his job. [Read more…]